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Music Technology Timeline
A timeline of key events in the history of music technology. Made with contributions from Bedford College Music Technology students.
22 Sep 2017
Music Boxes first appeared between 1800 and 1815.
Barrel organs appear.
Fairground organs begin to appear.
Alexander Graham Bell is credited with invention of the first microphone.
Gramophone and 78RPM record invented
American Lee de Forest invents the triode valve. This device is used to build electronic amplifiers.
Adolph Rickenbacker & George Beauchamp market the first electric guitars (fitted with electric pickups)
Laurens Hammond produces the ‘Hammond Organ’.
EMT introduces plate reverb
Leo Fender invents the Stratocaster.
Akai MPC60 Released
Kraftwerk's first album released.
MiniMoog Model D
First digital reverb unit (224) released by Lexicon
Musique Concrete develops
General MIDI is invented
Music sequencers begin development
Computer-based digital sequencers invented
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