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The History of the Electric Keyboard

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Joyce Vuong

on 5 May 2014

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Transcript of The History of the Electric Keyboard

WELL-KNOWN PERFORMERS
Johann Sebastian Bach is a German composer and was a prodigy talent at the keyboard.
Richard(Rick) Christopher Wakeman is an English keyboard player and composer known in the band "
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WELL-KNOWN SONGS
I chose this instrument because I have always wanted to play the keyboard and become a keyboardist. I find it interesting that it can change the tone, sound, volume, etc. I also wanted to learn more about instrument before I start playing it.
- Joyce

DEVELOPMENTS
Keyboards were first known as Hydraulis in the third century which developed into the pipe organ and in the fourteenth century the clavichord and the harpsichord were also developed. In the eighteenth century, the Pianoforte was invented which could control the volume by the amount of keypress.
The first musical instrument was the Denis d’or invented by Vaclav Prokop Dovis in 1753, it incorporated seven hundred strings to enhance sonic qualities.
Jean Baptiste Thillaie de Laborde developed the clavecin electrique in 1760 which incorporates with the Plectra and activated by electricity.
Elisha Gray invented the first electric musical instrument in 1874 called the musical telegraph which made sound from electromagnetic circuit’s vibration and it incorporates an oscillator and a loudspeaker to make data more audible.
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INVENTION
The first electric keyboard was invented by Elisha Gray in 1876 called the Musical Telegraph.
COMPONENTS
The electronic keyboard has black and white keys that can make electronic and other sounds.
There are two software programs. One uses control keys and menus that allow the user to select tones or effects and the other produce chords and rhythm by computerized command.
It also has a sound generator also know as a sound chip that accepts commands and produce sounds.
It has amplifiers and speakers.
I do not know a well-known song but I highly recommend this one:
A SONG PERFORMED BY THE MUSIC KEYBOARD,
"Night & Day" - Cole Porter
THE ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD
The air is the canvas and the paint is the chord that comes through your finger, out of the keyboard.
- Pharrell Williams
Music is a higher revelation than wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
- Plato
An electronic keyboard is a digital keyboard instrument.
In 1935, the hammond organ was introduced and was capable of producing many sounds.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, more developments were created with the Chamberlin Music Maker and the Mellotron.
In 1964, Bob Moog produced his Moog synthesizer which was equipped with a built-in keyboard but it could only play one tone at a time. He also produced the Moog's Polymoog, Opus 3, and ARP Omni by using a combination of orgain circuits and synthesizers.
The first electric piano was made in 1955 which included the digital piano(acoustic keyboard), stage piano(live performance), synthesizer(variety of sound) and the musical keyboard.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Rick
WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS INSTRUMENT?
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