July 25, 1946

Long before the Moog ... 

Canadian physicist, inventor Hugh Le Caine organizes a jam in his basement to test his new Electronic Sackbut invention.

It’s a very advanced voltage-controlled synth … including a keyboard that controls loudness, pitch-bending and timbre.

He was concerned that the musical notes produced by electronic instruments in the 1930s, such as the Hammond Organ and the Morse Robb Wave Organs, lacked a certain ‘expressivity’. Determined to shape technology for the needs of the musician and expand the possibilities of musical sound he built a synthesizer that allows for complex variations in pitch and tone…. The keys are sensitive to a vertical pressure that controls the volume and a lateral pressure that changes the pitch. In this way the musician can simultaneously manipulate the volume, pitch, and timbre of each note and produce gradual transitions from one sound to the next. – Gwen Baddeley

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