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Radio Engineers, Scientists, Musicians, and the Trautonium: Berlin in the 1920s and ‘30s

Start Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:10PM

End Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:00PM


Prof. Myles Jackson (History Of Science At The Institute For Advanced Study In Princeton)

Berlin in the 1920s witnessed the fruitful collaboration of applied physicists, physiologists, engineers, and musicians. The technical expertise of radio engineers, combined with the musical expertise present in the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (Conservatoire) and the financial backing of German electrical companies and the Prussian Ministry of Science, Art, and Popular Education, enabled the production of a new electric musical instrument, the trautonium, which could be used for microtonal pieces and could mimic the timbre of numerous, more traditional instruments.


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