Wie ist der Klang? [How is the sound?] AN HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF HARALD BODE’S INSTRUMENTS

This is a great overview of Harold Bode’s electronic musical instruments from: the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC)

In one of his notebooks ca. 1937, Harald Bode wrote, “Wie ist der Klang?” The following article gives an overview on his instruments from 1937 until 1981. “How is the sound?” is an expanded version of a text the author prepared for the Harald Bode exhibition “A Lifetime for Sound” at the Estey Museum (Brattleboro VT) in 2010.

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Harald and the Audio System Synthesizer, a modular synthesizer and sound processor.

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Early version of the Bode Vocoder model 7702.

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Apparatewerk Bayern [Bavarian Machine Factory] advertisement for the Polychord III with tone cabinet.

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The Polychord.

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The Melochord in the Studio für elektronische Musik, Cologne, Germany.

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Photograph of the Melodium from a period magazine article.

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Photograph of Warbo Formant Organ from a period magazine article. All images and recordings in this article © Harald Bode Archive.

“Tones from out of Nowhere”: Rudolph Pfenninger and the Archaeology of Synthetic Sound (PDF)

In this essay from New Media, Old Media [2006], (originally published in Grey Room) Levin proposes an alternative history that takes into account underexamined developments in synthetic sound reproduction. While contemporary accounts of new media make it sound like threats to “real” or indexical sound only come with digitization, Levin explores well-documented events in the history of sythentic or “hand-written” sound by analog means.

Press Here To Download The PDF: Tones From Nowhere

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