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February 06, 2006

Fun with Wires and Tubes


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)


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