ARTVOICE “Inspired by Burchfield” by Jack Foran

Exhibition includes reverse glass painting portrait of Harald Bode on view through September 27, 2015

Emil Schult , Robert Moog; Reverse Glass Painting, 60cm x 60cm; Courtesy of the Artist

Emil Schult , Robert Moog; Reverse Glass Painting, 60cm x 60cm; Courtesy of the Artist


Burchfield Penney Art Center

Photo – Peer Bode 2012

Harald Bode: Tone Color – Known and Unknown Sounds

On View Friday, October 21, 2011–Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Project Space

Harald Bode (1909-1987) was a German engineer and pioneering designer of electronic musical instruments and audio tools. The tools that he created altered the sounds that we hear every day. Through leading innovations that modulate the electronic processing of sound, he created sounds that never existed previously. We are better able to understand the auditory environment that surrounds us by this rare look at his development methods and the equipment he used and by hearing the sounds he generated.

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Harald Bode: Tone Color - Known and Unknown SoundsInstallation View - The Project Space
© 2012 Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College

Project Space Curator – Don Metz
Curator – Rebekkah Palov
Music Curator – Andrew Deutsch
Texts – Caspar Abocab And Gerar Edizel
A joint project with the iea

Samstag um 23.05 , Saturday at 11:05pm German time

On 10/08/11 at 23.05 European time it´s finally Part two of the Harald Bode story:
Westdeutscher Rundfunk 3 Cologne will present “Music Is My Field- Harald Bode: The Art of Engineering and Homestudio Music”

It is about traces of his work in different musical styles from the thirties til the eighties,-
from “Melodium” melodies to “BarberPolePhaser” sound. And it´s about his own music.
If you go to

and click “stream”(rechts in der Mitte), you will find the right player for your OS
Or: Below stream you will find the “Radiorecorder”
(“Stream” and “Radiorecorder” are provided by WDR 3. Sorry I can´t give any support. I recommend “radiorecorder” though for better sound quality.)

Here the announcement by the editor WDR 3 Markus Heuger:
“The story of the inventor of many electronic instruments, one of which was the inspiration for the first Moog Modulars, is also the story of the myth around Electronic sound. In the beginning it was mostly seen as a technological gimmick or miracle, or as a danger for culture itself.

Electronic sound since has become an everyday´s part of our musical

life. Harald Bode was admidst this evolution.
He invented seventeen instruments between 1937 and 1984. You can hear them in academic music of the Fifties, as well as in Disco music of the 80ties. WDR 3 open: FreiRaum presents the witchkitchen of the inventor and “soundpractioner”, who lived until 1987. He called his own music “commercial “. His studio and instruments he called “only means “.
“What miraculous means!”

So far the announcement.

This work was made possible through through support & help by:
Peer Bode, Rebekkah Palov, Devin Henry, Andrew Deutsch, Chris McDaniel (Institute of Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Bode Archive/Alfred und Hornell/ USA), Silke Berdux (Deutsches Museum München), Dr Wilhelm Füssl und den Mitarbeitern des Archivs Deutsches Museum Jan Groth, Goethe Schiller Archive Weimar (Germany), Jan Groth, Frau Harting (Bundesarchiv / German State Archiv), Herrn Fritsche und Herrn Rieden (University Bonn), Leslie Bellavance (Dean at School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred USA). Stephan Kühmayer(WAST), Hans-Joachim Maempel (Technical University, Berlin), Gisela Simons (Sound Archive Bayerischer Rundfunk), Elena Ungeheuer (Technical University, Berlin), Thomas Rhea (Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA,USA), Dietmar Schenk und all Co-Workers (Archivs of University of Arts Berlin, Georg und Hanne Steinmeyer (Estey Organ Museum, Brattleboro, VT, USA ), Elena Ungeheuer (Technical University Berlin) Woody and Steina Vasulka (Alburuerque, NM, USA) and the sound archive of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln.

ears up, Caspar Abocab

The Harald Bode Archive’s recent project, Issue 13.4 of eContact!

Communauté électroacoustique canadienne
(CEC) Canadian Electroacoustic Community

eContact! 13.4 — Harald Bode

[E] A panorama of the life and work of Harald Bode, the man behind what have long been household names in the electronic instrument industry: the Melodium (1938), Melochord (1947), Clavioline (1950s) and the Frequency Shifter in early Moog synths all bear the stamp of his celebrated designs and workmanship.

[F] Un survol de la vie et l’¦uvre de Harald Bode, l’homme à l’origine de certains des instruments les plus connus de l’industrie des instruments électroniques : le Melodium (1938), le Melochord (1947), le Clavioline (années 50) et le Frequency Shifter des premiers synthétiseurs Moog sont autant de témoignages de la qualité de ses concepts et de leur réalisation.

[!!] eContact! 13.4 — Harald Bode

Communauté électroacoustique canadienne (CEC) Canadian Electroacoustic Community | |

About the CEC

Founded in 1986, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) is Canada’s official national association for electroacoustics and as such is dedicated to promoting this progressive art form in its broadest definition: from “pure” acousmatic and computer music to soundscape and sonic art to hardware hacking and beyond.

The CEC endeavours to foster a broad, diverse and inclusive community of electroacoustic practitioners, raise the profile of electroacoustics in the Canadian arts milieu, and to promote Canadian electroacoustic composers and activities across Canada and internationally. The various ongoing and singular CEC activities aim to maintain and strengthen communications and information flow concerning electroacoustics.

With projects such as the electronic journal eContact!, the online jukebox SONUS, the annual Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) project for Canadian-based young and emerging sound artists, and the Cache, PRESENCE and DISContact! CD compilation series, the CEC offers Canadian electroacousticians a venue to both promote themselves and participate within the global community, thereby fostering mutual awareness and benefit in the international scene.

Great thanks to everyone at CEC and eContact! for making this special issue happen!


Thank you Stephen Vitiello for bringing this great MATRIXSYNTH post by ‘el macaco’ to our attention!

Bode exhibit at Estey Organ Museum & a Note on The First Modulars

For download, here is a reprint copy of the electronics magazine article from December 1961. Harald had finished the design and was marketing the ‘Sound Synthesizer’ as early as March 1960.

Download PDF >> HBodeElectronics1961

very glad to hear people are enjoying the exhibit!!

PDF for 8.5×11 printing >> HBodeElectronics1961 scaled

The Estey Organ Museum presents an exhibition of 23 prints documenting Harald’s 50 years of musical instrument design,’The Estey years’ a text by Dr. Tom Rhea, facsimile design notebooks including 1949, 1972 and the Brattleboro era 1954-1960, Brattleboro photos of the Bode family and a scale-model of the Estey Electronics Lab built by Leslie Nicholas specifically for the exhibition. On exhibit is the Estey AS1 Electronic Organ and a showcase of parts used in the Estey Electronic Organs.

A special offering at the exhibit is the Harald Bode Audio Tape Archive, with accompanying histories of the instruments written by Caspar Abocab. The Archive makes available in digital form recordings and demos beginning with the 1938 Melodium continuing through to the 1981 Barberpole Phaser. Also featured are Harald’s own musical compositions. The Audio Tape Archive has hours worth of material to enjoy.

Via Skype, Caspar Abocab presented an essay on Harald’s motivations and love of ‘known and unknown’ sound and how these inspired his work. Exhibition Director Georg Steinmeyer introduced the exhibit with personal stories of his colleague and friend Harald Bode.  Peer Bode presented the exhibition elements, highlighting Harald’s historical 1960 Modular Synthesizer, built in Brattleboro VT. Rebekkah Palov introduced the Harald Bode Audio Tape Archive. In attendance from the Estey years were Leslie Nicholas, Augusta Bartlett, Georg and Hanne Steinmeyer.

Harald Bode Exhibit with Dr. Gerald O'Grady and John LevinHarald Bode – A lifetime for Sound Exhibition opening with the Estey Electronic Organ model AS1 in foreground.

More photo’s from the opening