History of American Music

Timeline created by Sarah Burgett
In Music
  • Telharmonium

    Telharmonium
    Thaddeus Cahill invented the Telharmonium in 1890's. The Telharmonium keyboard is touch-senstive and what he would like to describe it as a large device that was able to control, electrical generate, and shape sounds.
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  • Threate Organ

    The threate organ had a much different job to do than a church organ or concert halls. Robert Hope James was the first to actually employ and put together all of the many innovations in a single organ aesthetic. A few of the things he put together was:
    Electro-pneumatic action, new tonal colors, increased wind pressure, pipe placement, and volume control, and many more.
  • Musique Concrete

    The first song ever to be recorded with electromechanical. Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry made it shortly after World War 1. It was recorded train sounds onto a phonograph record at the speed of 78 rpm. The notion behind musique concrete is the composer begins with with a set of concrete sounds and then puts the sounds into music, which creates musique concrete.
  • Theremin

    Theremin
    It was called one of the most radical instruments of the early 20th century. It was given that name because you didn't even ever have to touch it to get it to play. The way it worked was by using your hands to control the pitches. When you mpved your hand close to the antenna the pitch would become higher. When you moved your hand further from the antenna the pitch would become lower.
  • Ondes Martenot

    Ondes Martenot
    The Ondes Martenot is a close cousin to the Theremin, although they look very different. Maurice Martenot invented it in 1928. His inspiration to invent it was because he wanted to make an electronic instrument that, in time, would be accepted as a traditional instrument.
  • Hammond Organ

    Hammond Organ
    The way that inventor Laurens Hammond made the Hammond Organ to it could play three notes at one time. It copies the sound of a pipe organ but is no longer than an upright piano. The Hammond Organ soon became popular in jazz and gospel music, toher models came out after it with different features such as, a rotating speaker, which is the Lesile speaker. In which created a swirling sound effect.
  • Turntablism

    Art of manipulating sounds and creating music using phonograph or digital turntables. Paul Hindemith used two turntables and a microphone to create his work "Trickaufnahme." He changed the speed and frequency of cello recordings and xylophone then mixed them all together to make different sounds and rhythms. John Cage used two turntables to play RNA test tonea beeping noices you sometimes hear on the radio or TV commerical.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turntablism
  • Les Paul and his electric guitar

    Les Paul invented a soild body electric guitar. in 1941 in which he was given credit for many recordings innovations which have greatly impacted the world today. Les Paul named the guitar after himself. which is his crowning achievement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul
  • Birth of Electronic Bands

    Electronic music used to focus on classical music in the beginning than any of genre of music.In 1960 that begn to change due to the fact that rock music came into play. Rock music began to take over the world when professional recordings of rock music adapted to multitrack tape recorders and an availablity of synthesizers more commonly used. Rock and jazz musicians the standard users and distributors of electronic music to the world. http://electronicmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Electronic_music
  • The Beachboys

    Brian Wilson was the one who formed the Beachboys, and he was very into the multitrack recording. He used it to let the Beachboys to make a thick texture vocally with their music. The thick texture was used to make the pop music in their time.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beach_Boys
  • Moog Synthesizer

    Robert Moog created the first modern available Sythesizer , It was easier to use than the RNA that Mark the second invented, like any other device it had its complications. Such as, the patch cord connections, control panel settings and major procedures to create sounds.
  • Moog Synthesizer

    Moog Synthesizer
    Robert Synthesizer told everyone about the first modern synthesizer. To play it you needed to have some knowledge about wave physics in which composers were faced with a horrfic task of patch cords connections, and insane procedures to make up the set of sounds. The Minimoog became the most popular and most used synthesizer in 1969.
  • MIDI

    MIDI is used all around you. It's used in cell phones, video games, musical instruments. and computers. With MIDI every electronic musical instrument could communicate with computers and they will speak the same language. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI
  • Laptop Orchestras

    Perry Cook and Dan Trueman made the first laptop orchestra in 2005 at Princeton University. The two laptop orchestras in the United States are SLOrk (Standford Laptop Orchestra) and PLOrk (Princeton Laptop University). Music is now being played with iPhones and iPads than regular instruments.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLOrk
    http://plork.cs.princeton.edu/bio.html
  • The Beatles

    They were the band who forever changed rock music. One of the first groups to achieve getting the Moog Synthesizer into their music and using it on almost all the songs off of their album "Abbey Road." With their song "Tomorrow Never Knows" they used tape loops. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both said that they were influenced by the music of John Cage and Karl Stockhausen.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles