In 1895, Thaddeus Cahill, an inventor from Iowa, started work on the world’s first electromechanical musical instrument. Weighing in at 200 tons and measuring 60 feet long, the Telharmonium was a colossal machine for producing and sharing music on the telephone.
Die Titelseite von Scientific American zum TelharmoniumOriginal Source: Scientific American, Vol. 96, No. 10, March 9th 1907
In the 126 years since, electronic music has evolved in similarly bold and ingenious ways, a testament to the magic that occurs when human beings build and interact with machines.
Minimoog Model C prototypeElectronic Music Education and Preservation Project
We listen to it while working out, riding the subway, studying for exams — and hopefully soon again at the clubs and festivals that have made the music what it is today.
Awakenings Gashouder (2012)Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)
Stepanoff ThereminOriginal Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Theramin-Alexandra-Stepanoff-1930.jpg
360 Grad TourWestern Broadcasting Corporation (North Rhine-Westphalia)
In the spirit of pioneers like Cahill, you can also compose your own electronic music. Use the augmented reality feature “AR Synth” to mix and match five famous synthesizers in a virtual electronic music studio.