[sdiy] Russian synthesis in the 1930s: Nikolai Voinov's "Paper Sound"

Dave dlmanley at sonic.net
Sat May 18 00:39:10 CEST 2019

Sorry, but how are hand drawn waveforms* transferred to a film audio track in any way comparable to a hardware implementation (whether Novachord's tubes, etc. or anything else).

The ADSR in this case would have been scissors or making tape. Putting together the sound track is more akin to mag tape, razor blade and splice tape. 

For more info look at:



*and these waveforms could actually be based on samples...

On May 16, 2019 11:46:12 AM PDT, cheater00 cheater00 <cheater00 at gmail.com> wrote:
>The remarkable thing about this is that while in the US the state of
>the art in 1932 was something like the Hammond Novachord, which had
>crude enveloping and oscillators that didn't tune too well, this seems
>to be very well in tune, and clearly has ADSR per voice, maybe even
>per note.
>From the video description:
>Nikolai Voinov (1900-1958) demonstrates the techniques of Paper Sound
>and the creation of music for animation. The demonstration includes
>two short animations: "Rachmaninov Prelude", 1932 (1:07) "The Dance of
>the Crow", 1933 (2:11)
>One of the comments is interesting:
>There's a UK artist from the 40s that used visual 'sound lozenges' on
>a very complicated animation rig. Channel 4 (UK) showed a programme
>about him during the early 90s. The name escapes me sadly..
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