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

cheater00 cheater00 cheater00 at gmail.com
Sat May 18 21:33:05 CEST 2019


that was before mag tape

On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 12:39 AM Dave <dlmanley at sonic.net> wrote:
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> 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).
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> 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.
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> For more info look at:
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> https://dangerousminds.net/comments/listen_to_early_soviet_synthesizer_music_hand_drawn_on_film_and_made_from_c
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> -Dave
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> *and these waveforms could actually be based on samples...
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> On May 16, 2019 11:46:12 AM PDT, cheater00 cheater00 <cheater00 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> 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.
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>> 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)
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>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Zb4rso82M
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>> One of the comments is interesting:
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>> 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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