Object, Instrument, Technology

Date of production: probably 1970s

Object, Instrument, Technology

Date of production: ca. 1970

Object, Instrument, Technology

Date of production: ca. 1992

Video
Mn-61 Wire Recorder (Video). n.d.
Object, Instrument, Technology

Date of creation: 1964–1988

Object, Instrument, Technology

In 1952, the Amplifier Corporation of America launched one of the first clockwork-driven tape recorders, ushering in a new era of battery-operated, small, and lightweight portable magnetic tape recorders. When they first appeared, the machines had no competitors, and the model enjoyed great success in the United States and beyond among semi-professional and serious hobbyist recordists. Originally, the Magnemite was designed for scientific work, in close cooperation with Peter Paul Kellogg, professor of ornithology and biological acoustics at Cornell University.

Object, Instrument, Technology

The Special Purpose Tape Recorder (or Multi-track) was the first studio-oriented instrument designed by Canadian physicist Hugh Le Caine and built in the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Electronic Music (ELMUS) Lab in Ottawa, Canada. It was created to afford composers the opportunity to alter and recombine pre-recorded sounds into a single musical output. This prototype version of the instrument used a three-octave keyboard to control the speeds of six tapes simultaneously, and then mix them down into a single recording.