Instrument Design Files for the Bode Klangumwandlers at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center
During the early and mid-1960s, Vladimir Ussachevsky commissioned Harald Bode to design and build Klangumwandlers (frequency shifters) and ring modulators for the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York. The two men developed a great relationship and correspondence regarding the instrument development. The following scans are from Harald’s files, and feature special Master and Slave Klangumwandler units, which were unique to Ussachevsky and the Music Center. They are a good example of Bode’s design files and demonstrate the exceptional quality and rigor with which he developed his instruments.
Rebekkah Palov is an audio and video artist who lives and works in Hornell NY. Her start in electronic arts was as a bass player in rock bands. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she studied experimental film with course work in electronic music and holds a MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from NYSCC at Alfred. Her work has screened internationally at audio and video festivals in the US, Europe and China. Currently she is researcher and exhibition designer for the Harald Bode Archive, does web design and maintains her art practice.
eContact! 13.4 — Harald Bode Archive (July / juillet 2011). Montréal: Communauté électroacoustique canadienne / Canadian Electroacoustic Community.