Décor Sonore

A little history…

The history of electronic musical instruments and that of their inventors starts in 1874! For “Monstrations Inouïes!" Décor Sonore has you relive the experience of the first electronic sound ever heard by the human ear!

Just when Elisha Gray was on the verge of inventing the telephone, he accidentally made his bathtub vibrate by electromagnetic induction.His excessive curiosity for  music would lead him to finalize the “musical telegraph” with which he would perform  in concert, well before the invention of the loudspeaker. As for Thaddeus Cahill, his "Dynamophone" was not only the first electric organ in 1906 (and the most gigantic) but, above all, it was the first musical program broadcast exclusively by the telephone network. History continued with Lev Sergueivitch Termen, kidnapped in 1938 by the KGB in the U.S. while demonstrating his instrument created in 1919, the famous “theremin” or “ætherophone”.

How could one leave out the “rythmicon”, the first drum machine in the world dating  back to 1930 or the "terpsitone", the dance floor whose lights and sounds were controlled by the dancers' steps! We should also mention William Du Bois Duddell, who in 1899 succeeded in making one of the first audible electric instruments without a telephone nor loudspeaker, “The Singing Arc” using the London public street lamps? How could one overlook the works of Vladimir Baranoff Rossiné and his “piano optophonique” of 1916 which mixed paint, light projections, and harmony, a "Meta-instrument" before the term existed, or still Maurice Martenot's radio waves and others “Ondium Péchadre”, “Variophone”, “Ondioline”, “Kaleidophon”, and "Mixtur Trautonium"...

The instruments of this exceptional collection are all authentic and played live; some are vintage pieces (waves Martenot, Steiner E.V.I ., clavioline, Side Man Wurlitzer, EMS vcs3 and AKS, Moog), while others are reeditions or reconstructions made specially for this creation.