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February 06, 2006

Fun with Wires and Tubes

Rca_synth

Computers were big in the 50's. This really big vacuum tube synth at RCA's Princeton Labs in 1956, was designed to be controlled, not by a keyboard, but by punch-paper roll. If you're interested in this sort of wonderful musical nonsense, you can read all about it at 120 Years of Electronic Music by Simon Crab. It's a fascinating and extraordinarily well-researched site which manages to cover a slew of electronic instruments (many of which are legendary) from 1870 -1990.

(via boingboing.net)

Harmon

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