external image clavivox.jpgRaymond Scott with the Clavivox:external image Scotivox.jpg

The Clavivox was a keyboard sound synthesizer and sequence invented by an American composer Raymond Scott in 1952. In the first prototype he used a theremin module built by a young Bob Moog. The unit allowed the use of protamento over a 3-octave range. Scott then added amplitude, envelopes, and vibrato along with other affects to the Clavivox. Some of the sounds from the Clavivox resembled very closely the first analog synthesizer that was created by Moog in the mid 60's.

"This particular invention, while not as ‘out there’ as many of his other ones, ended up being perhaps his most influential."

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