Watch: The great grandfather of synthesisers demonstrated back in 1939

The Associated Press and British Movietone announced yesterday that they’re uploading 500,000 historic videos to YouTube. And guess what? The treasure trove is already throwing up gems. Take the video above. It shows the ancestor of the modern vocoder – which is all over modern pop music – being demonstrated in 1939. The Voder (a portmanteau of ‘Voice Operation Demonstrator) was created by the inventor of the Vocoder, Homer Dudley, at Bell Labs. The Vocoder itself began...

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