Harald Bode – A Lifetime for Sound, Opens !


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


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