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The Wire: The birth of the synthesizer and new ways of thinking about sound

The Wire: The birth of the synthesizer and new ways of thinking about sound

July 31, 2017
National

"Scientists like Helmholtz and Hertz explored the electrical essence of sound waves. Inventors like Canadian physicist Hugh LeCaine and Russian spy Leon Theremin extended that exploration to a new breed of electronic instruments. But it wasn't until Bob Moog came along and invented the synthesizer that the sound of electricity started to become a household sound in the music of rock bands.

The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music first aired on CBC Radio in 2005. Each episode tells the story of how electricity changed music in the 20th century, focusing on a particular new technology. On Episode 4, it's the synthesizer. The series was a 2005 Peabody Award winner.

The Wire is presented by Jowi Taylor..."

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Related Composers: Hugh Le Caine