early-electronic-instruments

Early Electronic Instruments

early-electronic-instruments
Telharmonium

The story of electronically produced music goes back, incredibly, as far as 1897 when an instrument called the Telharmonium was invented by Thaddeus Cahill. This instrument used wheels to generate electrical signals which were converted into sounds – this technology was later used in the development of the very successful Hammond organ. Sadly, in part due to the logistical problems in transporting the instrument (the first instrument made weighed 7 tons and the last an astounding 200 tons…!) along with the lack of public interest Mr Cahill’s business went bankrupt in 1912. Since then, other instruments have been created such as the Theremin, Ondes Martenot, Trautonium, the Novachord and the Clavivox synthesizer – Instrument His all having varying degrees of success, the later involving Robert Moog and the most significant in regard to the development of the modern synthesizer.

theremin
Theremin
clavivox-synthesizer
Clavivox-Synthesizer
Novachord
Novachord
ondes-marteno
Ondes-Marteno
telharmonium-back
Telharmonium-back