History of Electronic Music

  • The Clavencin Electrique

    The Clavencin Electrique
    Jean Baptiste de la Borde builds this keyboard instrument that uses static elctric charges to hit small metal clappers against bells
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    History of Electronic Music

  • Thaddeus Cahil patents the Telharmonium

    Thaddeus Cahil patents the Telharmonium
    A huge instrument capable of electrically creating and changing sounds. It was a precuror to the synthesizer, and weighed 400,000 pounds!
  • The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ

    The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ
    Rudolph Wurlitzer's "one-man ubstitue for the orchestra" is introduced to the world.
  • The Theremin

    The Theremin
    Leon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen) invents the Etherophone, later named the Theremin.
  • The Ondes Martenot by Maurice Martenot

    The Ondes Martenot by Maurice Martenot
    Similar to the Theremin, but allowed more control over the timbre of the sound. Utilized a picture of a keyboard for more accurate movements to certain notes and allowed easier relation of pitches of the instrument to the chromatic scale.
  • Magnetic Tape is invented in Germany during WWII to record sound

    Magnetic Tape is invented in Germany during WWII to record sound
    This technology was kept secret for many years, but then became commercially available for storing recorded music.
  • The Hammond Organ

    The Hammond Organ
    Laurens Hammond develops this new instrument, utilizing vacuum tubes and the same tone-wheel process used in the Telharmonium.
  • Les Paul

    Les Paul
    The first solid-body electric guitar designed by Les Paul.
  • The first song ever composed strictly by a computer

    This was a product of the collboration of Lejaren Hillerand and Leonard Issacson.
  • The RCA Mark II

    The RCA Mark II
    First programmable electronic syntheizer designed by Herbert Belar and Harry Olson.
  • The Buchla Synthesizer

    The Buchla Synthesizer
    Morton subotick and Ramon Sender of the San Fransisco Tape Music Center hired Donald Buchla to design a new synthesizer for their studio.
  • The Moog Synthesizer

    Robert Mood introduces the first commercially available modern synthesizer.
  • Tomorrow Never Knows

    Tomorrow Never Knows
    The Beatles use tape loops tp record the song
  • The Mini Moog

    The Mini Moog
    A simplified, compacted version of the original Moog. Designed for live performances.
  • Clara Rockmore's first commercial LP is released

    Thereminist extraordinaire accompanied by Nadia Reisenberg, recorded by Robert Moog.
  • Yamaha releases the DX-7

    Yamaha releases the DX-7
    A 16-voice polyphonic digital synthesizer containing 32 internal memories ad ROM/RAM cartridge slot. Developed by John Chowning.
  • MIDI developed

    MIDI developed
    Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This industry standard was deigned by manufacturers from Roland, Yamaha, Korg, and Kawai.
  • Laptop Orchestra

    Laptop Orchestra
    The first of it's kind was founded by Don Trueman and Perry Cook at Princeton University. Many others, such as SLOrk (Stanford laptop orchestra), have since been founded.