Harald Bode A Lifetime for Sound – opens June 12th


Opening Saturday June 12th 1:00-4:00pm.
The Exhibition is open summer 2010/11, Saturday and
Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm. For additional information or special
arrangements please call 802-254-4280.

Estey Organ Museum
108 Birge Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


Harald Bode Estey Flyer

Harald Bode (1909-1987 Hamburg, Germany) was an electronic musical instrument design pioneer. Harald’s career spans 50 years of innovation, during which he produced over 15 instruments. In 1937 he built his Warbo Formant electronic organ which had capabilities similar to those found in modern synthesizers. In the 20 years that followed Harald developed a series of electronic keyboard instruments whose design variously balanced between imitating known instruments and enabling completely new sound possibilities. He is credited with the first modular synthesizer / processor and renowned for his later stand-alone processors. In addition to being an engineering hero, Harald Bode’s life is an inspiration to the field of electronic sound.


3 Responses to “Harald Bode A Lifetime for Sound – opens June 12th”

  1. 1 Andres Lewin-Richter

    I met once Harald Bode, may be early 1964 when he delivered to Vladimir Ussachewsky his KLANGUMWANDLER, a processor we were very happy to use and explore his possibilities. Vladimir knew already this instrument from his Baden Baden days, where he used it and the RINGMODULATOR, both created by Bode.
    The Klangumwandler was used by Ussachevsky in his piece “Of wood and brass”.
    Andres Lewin-Richter

    • Thank you so very much for your comments and information. it is great to learn more about this important history!
      Harald’s papers show that he designed and built two special Klangumwandlers expressly for Vladimir Ussachewsky at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic music center.

      • Has anyone noticed, that in the post photograph of Harald that he is sporting a crocodile skin belt?

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