Joseph Faber – The Euphonia

Joseph Faber.

The Euphonia.

1843 (Approximately).

Mechanical signing device.

No less than thirty four years before Thomas Edison amazed audiences with demonstrations of his talking machine – the phonograph, Joseph Faber was exhibiting his own artificial vocaliser. Rather than recording sound though, the Euphonia generated it mechanically with air pumped from bellows, through an artificial throat and mouth cavity, all controlled by a keyboard style interface.

What is significant about his creation, is that it leapfrogs the recording and dis-embodying of the human voice, and begins immediately synthesising something entirely artificial. A voice which is not merely a copy or imitation, but an phenomenon in it’s own right. A voice which is Hyperreal.

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Categories: Processed Voice / Post-Human