Synthwave history

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  • Creation of the Telharmonium (Dynamophone)

    Creation of the Telharmonium (Dynamophone)
    Developed by Thaddeus Cahill circa 1896
  • Turn of the 20th century

    Turn of the 20th century
    Experimentation with emerging electronics
  • Developments of the vacuum tube

    It led to electronic instruments that were smaller, amplified, and more practical for performance. In particular, the theremin, ondes Martenot and trautonium.
  • Creation of the audio tape recorder

    Creation of the audio tape recorder
  • Birth of the genre "Musique Concrète"
    Created by Pierre Schaeffer: "type of music composition that utilizes recorded sounds as raw material. Sounds are often modified with the application of audio effects and tape manipulation techniques, and may be assembled into a form of montage. It can feature sounds derived from recordings of musical instruments, the human voice, and the natural environment as well as those created using synthesizers and computer-based digital signal processing."
  • Development of computers

  • Illiac suite for string quartet

    Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson composed Illiac Suite for string quartet, the first complete work of computer-assisted composition using algorithmic composition
  • RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer

    RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer
    Columbia-Princeton developed the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer, the first programmable synthesizer.
  • Expantion of the synth musique

    Used in science fiction films soundtrack the genre is blooming
    ex BBC science-fiction series Doctor Who. One of the most influential British electronic artists in this period was Workshop staffer Delia Derbyshire, who is now famous for her 1963 electronic realisation of the iconic Doctor Who theme, composed by Ron Grainer.
  • Moog

    The Moog synthesizer is a modular synthesizer developed by the American engineer Robert Moog
    Moog's principal innovation was to use voltage to control pitch via a voltage-controlled oscillator.
  • release of the minimoog and birth of Synthwave

    used by the Beatles "Here come the sun
    the Monkees

    Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn"