TOOL OF THE WEEK... THE VOCODER!

Tool of the week... The Vocoder!
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TOOL OF THE WEEK... THE VOCODER!



Written by Caisa Ederyd
01 Thursday 01st January 2009

 There would hardly be any French electro music out there if it wasn’t for the Vocoder. Surprisingly, the instrument was originally a tool for telecommunications. It was used as an encoder that made secure radio communication possible, encrypting your voice and then transmitting it. Even though the Vocoder has been around ever since the early 1930's, it wasn't until the late 1960's that some musicians realised the musical potential of this super-tool. It was a Canadian dude named Bruce Haak who first introduced the Vocoder into his tunes, calling it his 'Farad' after the 19th Century English chemist / physicist Michael Faraday. After that it didn't take long until other musicians did the same. Like our man Stevie Wonder.

 

 

 

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