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Todd Gernes
Boston, Mass.
Historian, Writer, Career Academic.
Interests: Cultural history, literature, contemporary music, electric guitar luthiery.
Recent Activity
My dentist, who shares an interest in music, mentioned to me that a local man invented an electrical clarinet. The name he shared with me, John Savini of Avon, MA, has not yet yielded anything, but I did find an electrical clarinet designed by Leo F. J. Arnold in 1942.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Revolutionary Sounds
As a historian, I have a tendency to be enchanted by the past. And so Leon Theremin (1896-1993) and his magical invention naturally drew me in. The notion of an early electronic musical instrument played with gestures in the air through electromagnetic fields fascinates me. The device, and Leon Theremin's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Revolutionary Sounds
This is a cool website devoted to the art of the cigar box guitar: Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Revolutionary Sounds
Thanks to Alexander Buchan for sharing this article: Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Revolutionary Sounds
Contributed by Jamie Flood: Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Revolutionary Sounds
Take a listen to the following three-way comparison: 1) O Sacred Head Now Wounded, by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676; J. S. Bach, 1727. 2) American Tune, by Paul Simon (1974). 3) Heavenly Hurt: No. 4, by Alice Parker (2014). Notice any similarities? Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Chorale Notes