The Rhythmicon

Frank Godiva

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The machine came into being in 1931 when American composer Henry Cowell—in search of a means of translating his increasingly complicated rhythmic pieces—contracted Leon Theremin, inventor of the musical device that bears his name. Theremin came up with the Rhythmicon, “a quirky, clunky, keyboard-based machine that was able to play complex polyrhythms in precise loops,” writes Peter Holslin at the Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

 

Pat A Flafla

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I guess this drumming John Henry arrived 80 years late to the contest.
 

Quai34

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This machine is considered the first drumbox ever made, as they say, and you always hear about it in any article about drumbox.
 


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