How to Wreck a Nice Beach

NPR has posted an audio story on the history of the Vocoder. They interview Dave Tompkins who recently wrote a book called How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II to Hip-Hop. Grab the book from Amazon (about $20): click here

“If you’ve listened to pop music in the past 40 years, you’ve probably heard more than a few songs with a robotic sound. That’s thanks to the vocoder, a device invented by Bell Labs, the research division of AT&T. Though the vocoder has found its way into music, the machine was never intended for that function. Rather, it was developed to decrease the cost of long-distance calls and has taken on numerous other uses since.” – NPR.org

To listen to the audio story on NPR: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 14, 2010 at 3:51 am, filed under hardware, interviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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One Response to “How to Wreck a Nice Beach”

  1. Gmez says:

    at 00:13 the message is almost the same as Kraftwerk’s “Voice Of Energy” (1975), only the language is different

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