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.

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Baku: Symphony of Sirens: Sound Experiments in The Russian Avant-Garde

Original Documents and Reconstructions of 72 Key Works of Music, Poetry and Agitprop from the Russian Avantgardes (1908-1942)

Great Historical Site

Press Here To Enter The Site: Symphony of Sirens:

“A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early 20th-century Russian avantgarde movements, followed by detailed notes and contexts for the individual recordings – including summary biographies of the main actors; additional work notes about the process of the extraordinary Baku reconstruction; a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, artwork, facsimiles of contemporary documents, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgardes and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about the symphony. This is a definitive library collection, some seven years in the making and possibly our most important release of recent years.”

Synapse Magazine: Archive of Twelve Issues Of This 1970’s Electronic Music Magazine

Synapse was published  from March 1976 to June 1979 and was a source of great electronic music information at a time before the internet.  I still have my collection in the basement but the magazine can be read here without dusting anything off.

Synapse Magazine

onModularloader On-Line Video Synthesizer

onModularloader is a very interesting on-line video synthesizer.  It features full patching and real-time controls and very good documentation.  This is an excellent platform for experimental video synthesis.  The real time controls can be a little slow on older machines but experiment with different browsers.

The interface in the Modular Setup Mode looks like this:

onModularloader is located here: onmodularloader.

In the render mode with real time controls the interface looks like this:

Mogees: A Project That Uses Microphones To Turn Any Surface Into An Interactive Board

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Users plug any contact microphone onto a surface — be it a tree, a cupboard, a piece of glass or even a balloon. They can then record several different types of touch using their hands or any objects that cause a sound — so one sound could be a hand slap, another could be a finger tap and another could be hitting the surface with a drumstick. Users can train the system to detect new types of touch recording them just once

Press Here To Enter The Site: Mogees

Electronic Music Review N°4

Contents:
EMscope
Tristram Cary– Superserialismus: Is There a Cure?
Symposium: Mixers and Level Controls
Robert A. Moog- Introduction to Mixers and Level Controls
James Seawright- Fundamental Concepts of Electronic Music Mixers
Gerald Shapiro- Functional Design of Electronic Music Mixers
Hugh Le Caine- Some Applications of Electrical Level Controls
Frederic Rzewski- A Photoresistor Mixer For Live Performance
Fernando von Reichenbach- The Sound Level Photoprogrammer
Robert A. Moog- Construction of a Simple Mixer
Paul Ketoff- The-Synket
Kurt Stone, Joel Chadabe- Reviews
Contributors

Download The PDF Here: Electronic Music Review N°4 

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