One-Man Chorus All By Himself! (Jan, 1942)

One-Man Chorus All By Himself!

PROFESSOR F. A. FIRESTONE of the University of Michigan demonstrates a device which gives him ten voices. He places a curved glass tube in his mouth and goes through the motions of singing, while he plays a nova-chord. An electrical field translates his unsung words into the sound of the novachord, and the music comes out sounding like a chorus of ten voices! It’s good for breaking leases.

Three-Dimensional Sound for the Home (Jan, 1942)

Three-Dimensional Sound for the Home
Three-dimensional sound, the effect created for Walt Disney’s film Fantasia, now can be duplicated in the home with a new multi-speaker radio on the market. A portion of the audio output of the chassis in the new set is fed back into the lighting circuit; extra speakers then may be plugged in anywhere on the same meter circuit, to create the Fantasia effect if the speaker is in the same room, or to carry the program to the other rooms in the house without the need for extra wiring.

Vacuum Tube Orchestra to Supplant Human Players (Oct, 1931)

Vacuum Tube Orchestra to Supplant Human Players

ALEXANDER’S vacuum tube band is coming to town tomorrow, and perhaps the day after tomorrow Sousa’s vacuum tube band will be playing on the Million Dollar Pier at Atlantic City while Mr. Sousa and his musicians are in the recording studios of a New York musical agency.

For a new magic in music is about to be born that will make today’s electronic reproduction sound like the rankest kind of cacophony by comparison. The new electronic band will breathe the breath of life; it will take on new color, new brilliance and a faithfulness that will permit it to escape once and for all the stinging criticism now levelled at it by our impresarios.

Tweeter Globe (Feb, 1960)

Tweeter Globe

By Steven Hahn

This novel addition to your hi-fi system will overcome the problem of high frequency distribution.

ONE problem in high fidelity reproduction is the distribution of high frequency sounds. In the low frequency range, this is a minor problem because of the comparatively large size of the speaker radiating element and the distribution patterns of the sound waves. However, as one increases the frequency, the waves begin to take on more and more the characteristics of light beams; that is, they are comparatively narrow and have a tendency to reflect from various surfaces.

“Ether Wave PIANO” Plays all MUSIC (May, 1931)

“Ether Wave PIANO” Plays all MUSIC

MUSICAL sound waves are literally created from the ether with the new Martenot radio piano, which recently entertained radio audiences in a program given by the inventor, Maurice Martenot, in conjunction with a popular symphony orchestra. Claimed to be the most outstanding musical invention of the twentieth century because of its ability to reproduce the tones of any musical instrument or voice and to create entirely new tones, the device is operated by direct mechanical control of a series of oscillating radio tubes, which generate the sound waves of variable pitch and volume.


Convalescing from injuries received in an automobile accident, a radio performer recently sang to her audience from a room in a Philadelphia hospital, while she listened through headphones to an accompaniment played by a dance orchestra in a plane flying 5,000 feet overhead. A dual hook-up enabled listeners-in to hear the voice of the star perfectly blended with the music.



Consisting of more than 10,000 separate pieces, an elaborately inlaid example of the viola da gamba, a six-stringed ancestor of the modern violoncello, was exhibited recently in New York City. The rare musical instrument is a copy of one made by Joachim Tielbe, a German craftsman, in 1690 and now treasured in the National Museum at Munich.

Nickel Buys a Tune and a Phone Chat with a Girl as Well (Apr, 1941)

Nickel Buys a Tune and a Phone Chat with a Girl as Well

COIN PHONOGRAPHS, or “juke boxes,” widely used in taverns and restaurants, now are sometimes installed in a new form. Operated by telephone from central offices, they permit a selection of 300 or more tunes, as opposed to the 12 or 20 available on ordinary coin phonographs.

Ancient Wind Instruments (Apr, 1948)

Ancient Wind Instruments

HISTORY of the horn is almost as ancient as the history of man. First wind instrument probably was a spiral shell picked up by early man in his search for food along the shore. The Greeks had a myth for it—demigod Triton blowing on a conch shell as a trumpet to whip up or calm the waves.

Hurdy-Gurdy (Dec, 1955)


Cranking the Swiss music movement within this box makes the little begging monkey go into his dance.

By Elma Waltner

THE street organ grinder is a rare sight these days and it’s likely that most youngsters have never seen one. However, this little hurdy-gurdy, with its dancing monkey begging for pennies as the small owner grinds out a tune, will prove a popular toy.