Interesting facts about synthesizers

  • 02 October 2018
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The synthesizer is a well-known musical instrument and it is popular among both children who are just starting to play, and professionals. Today we talk about some interesting facts related to this instrument.

Who was the first?

The answer to this question can be found in different sources. Some of them point to the existence of ancestors in Ancient Greece in the III century BC, but some sources prove that the first ones were instruments of the XIX century. The last one seems more realistic. At the end of the XIX century a "telharmonium" was created. It allowed you to listen to concerts on the phone and was a kind of addition to the telegraph. However, there was one problem – this miracle of technology weighed 200 tons, that is why it was almost untransportable.

A synthesizer that didn't need to be touched to play

One of the predecessors of the modern synthesizer – the thermenvox-was a curious invention. They played it without using. The sound was produced by movement of the special antennas in the zone of sensitivity. The creator of this musical instrument was a Russian physicist of the early XXth century Lev Theremen.

The use of the synthesizer

Although the synthesizer is considered to be a modern instrument, it is also used in academic music. In general, its application is experimental. Among Russian composers, this instrument was played by "avant-garde artists": A. G. Shnitke, S. A. gubaydulina, E. V. Denisov, and others.

The most expensive synthesizer

The giant of Moog Music factory-Emerson Moog Modular System-is considered to be the most expensive synthesizer and it costs 150 thousand US dollars. It was made entirely by hand for three years. The units operate separately from each other and are connected by commutative cords.