A Soviet synthesizer from 1936 that plays pictures to make sound

Russian synth from 1938 shines light on etchings made in glass to create tones.

29.06.12

Words by: Charlie Jones

According to Boing Boing you don’t play the nearly forgotten Russian ANS synthesizer with a keyboard, instead you etch images onto glass sheets covered in black putty and feed them into a machine. This shines light through the etchings to create the tones, no keyboard required. Read the full story here.