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In all other cases you should see a musical instrument, a musical interface, a sound sculpture making music, a weird musical instrument, an odd musical instrument, an experimental musical instrument.

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Telharmonium
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The Telharmonium (Teleharmonium, Dynamophone) was invented, patented (Patent 580035) and built by Thadeus (Thomas) Cahill in 1897. It\'s a huge sound generator with a lot of controls and a polyphonic keyboard. This makes the Telharmonium the first real synthesizer.

The Telharmonium generates it\'s sound using tonewheels (similar to the famous Hammond Organ) which generate electrical signals that are added to each other to make different sounds. The signal itself was transmitted via telephone lines and reached it\'s audience via a sort of primitive coned speakers.

The biggest problem of the Telharmonium was it\'s immense size and weight. The first version Mark I weighed 7 tons, the Mark II had a weight of 200 tons and was about 18 meter long. Another big problem was the enormous cost of the instrument, both in building and using it. The Mark II costed $200.000 in 1906 and consumed an enormous amount of power (no vacuum tubes or transistors in those days).

When the broadcasts started to interfere with the telephone line the investors lost their interest and and finally in 1914 Cahill went bankrupt.


Another picture of the Dynamophone/Tellharmonium.
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Thadeus Cahill
Thadeus Cahill
Lawyer and inventor. Invented the first electromechanical musical instrument called Telharmonium. (1
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Another picture of the Dynamophone/Tellharmonium.