Bonhams will be auctioning a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer, built by Max Kohl (c 1905) after a design by Hermann Von Helmholtz (1821-1894).
The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds.
Here’s what Bonhams has to say about the rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer: Continue reading
Audio Fidelity has released a limited edition virgin vinyl release of the Wendy Carlos soundtrack to the 1982 sci fi film Tron.
Carlos’s score combined electronic elements, played on Moog and GDS synthesizers, with orchestral elements, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the UCLA Chorus. The fusion of elements worked well with the film, which paired live action with early computer animation.
Audio Fidelity specializes in audiophile releases, and they give Tron the deluxe treatment, delivering just about everything that soundtrack fans might want. Continue reading
This mini documentary, via the New Yorker, takes a look at the vocoder and its history. Continue reading
Ever wonder why Macs are popular with musicians?
This video might be one reason. Continue reading
This super-trippy 1972 advertisement for the Wurlitzer’s Orbit III reveals that it ‘may just change your mind’! Continue reading
This video, via astronautapinguim, captures electronic music pioneer Herb Deutsch sharing his thoughts and experiences from the early days of the Moog Minimoog synthesizer. Continue reading
In this radio commentary, ‘Engineerguy‘ Bill Hammack discusses the theremin, and how it lead to one the music industry’s most fundamental assets, the electronic synthesizer. Continue reading
The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition
The Smithsonian has announced the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006).
The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition, one of only 2,000 units released in 2000 Continue reading