Sunday, 16 May 2010

RADIOPHONIC MONTH: Speech Like Sound

On 14th October 1976, Electronic Music Studios (EMS) released the EMS Vocoder 5000.

This is a recording taken from a reel to reel tape designed to show what it can do.

Very popular, EMS vocoder models later provided voices for the extremely annoying Metal Mickey and (via a ring modulator) for the evil Cylons in the original Battlestar Galactica series.

Perma-permed Brummie pop genius Jeff Lynne also made extensive use of the machine, most notably on his magnum opus 'Mr. Blue Sky'.

All hail the Vocoder!

1 comment:

Rob Mullender said...

this one's for you, then:

http://www.mhpbooks.com/book.php?id=309