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By Woody Vasulka, Steina Vasulka

Catalogue for exhibition "Eigenwelt der Apparate-Welt: Pioneers of digital Art", an exhibition of early digital instruments for Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. The exhibition used to be curated by means of Woody Vasulka and Steina Vasulka.

Some of the artist coated are Don Buchla, Robert Moog, Nam June Paik, Dan Sandin, Lee Harrison, invoice Hearn, Eric Siegel and lots of others...

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Givelet and E. Coupleaux which used a punched paper roll keep an eye on process for audio oscillators built with over seven-hundred vacuum tubes. one of many longest lived of this iteration of digital tools used to be the TRAUTONIUM of Dr. Friedrich Trautwein. This keyboard software used to be dependent upon enormously diversified expertise than the foundations formerly pointed out. It was once one of many first tools to take advantage of a neon-tube oscillator and its designated sound can be selectively filtered in the course of functionality. Its resonance filters might emphasize particular overtone areas. The software was once built along side the Hochschule für track in Berlin the place a examine application for compositional manipulation of phonograph recordings were based years prior in 1928. The composer PAUL HINDEMITH participated in either one of those endeavors, composing a Concertino for Trautonium and String Orchestra and a valid montage dependent upon phonograph checklist manipulations of voice and tools. different composers who wrote for the Trautonium incorporated Richard Strauss and Werner Egk. the best virtuoso of this tool used to be the composer OSKAR SALA who played on it, and made technical advancements, into the 1950’s. additionally approximately this time, the composer Robert Beyer released a curious paper approximately “space” or “room song” entitled Das challenge der Kommender Musik that won little consciousness from his colleagues (Beyer’s next position within the background of digital track should be mentioned later). The German experiments in phonograph manipulation represent one of many first makes an attempt at organizing sound electronically 26 web page 26 - Black overlay DAVID DUNN that used to be now not dependent upon an instrumental version. whereas this preliminary test on the stipulation of sound occasions via one of those sculptural moulding of recorded fabrics was once brief lived, it set in movement one of many precept techniques to digital composition to turn into dominant in many years to return: the digital track studio. different makes an attempt at a non-instrumental method of sound association started in 1930 inside either the USSR and Germany. With the discovery of optical sound tracks for movie a couple of theorists develop into encouraged to scan with man made sound generated via ordinary animation movie concepts. within the USSR facilities for this learn have been validated: A. M. Avzaamov, N. Y. Zhelinsky, and N. V. VOINOV experimented on the medical Experimental movie Institute in Leningrad whereas E. A SCHOLPO and G. M. Rimski-Korsakov played related study on the Leningrad Conservatory. within the related yr, Bauhaus artists played experiments with hand-drawn waveforms switched over into sound via photoelectric cells. different German artists, RUDOLPH PFENNINGER and OSCAR FISCHINGER labored individually at approximately this time exploring man made sound new release via innovations that have been just like Voinov and Avzaanov. A dramatic raise in new digital tools quickly seemed in next years. them all appear to have had interesting if no longer outrightly absurd names: the Sonorous go; the ELECTROCHORD; the Ondioline; the CLAVIOLINE; the Kaleidophon; the Electronium Pi; the Multimonica; the Pianophon; the Tuttivox; the Mellertion; the Emicon; the Melodium; the Oscillion; the Magnetton; the Photophone; the Orgatron; the Photona; and the PARTITUROPHON.

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