Today I was searching for the name of a sound that was on every early 90's drum machine and I fell into researching the history of the drum machine--which is 45 years older than I thought--and that led to a search into to history of synthesizers. Suffice it to say I learned quite a bit and got nothing done that I meant to. It turned into a very long post on the propellerheads forum. Here are the results...
1875 Elisha Gray, Electric Telegraph For Transmitting Musical Tones
1916 Arseny Avraamov, Graphic-Sonic Art "By knowing the way to record the most complex sound textures by means of a phonograph, after analysis of the curve structure of the sound groove, directing the needle of the resonating membrane, one can create synthetically any, even most fantastic sound by making a groove with a proper structure of shape and depth"
1920 Leon Theremin playing the... Theremin
1928: Ondes Martenot - h/t to SSGamelord over on the propellerhead forum for this one
1930: Theremin's Rhythmicon (craziness! at 2:45)
1939: Hammond Novachord
Novachord and Theremin - incredible sound here
1947: Chamberlin Rhythmate
1959: Wurlitzer Sideman
1964: Raymond Scott's Rhythm Synthesizer (make sure to check out the creepiness at 3:10)
1965: Good ole Bob
1967 - Ace Tone (roland) Rhythm Ace
1969 Robin Gibb - Saved By The Bell (drums)
1971 Can - Peking O
1972 Eko Computerhythm
1978 Roland CR-78
1980 Linn LM-1
1984 Apple and C64
1985: Atari ST
1989: "Sound Tools"
1991 General MIDI (and TMBG)
1996: Cubase VST
After looking over this collection I think this could make one hell of an ad for PH (leaving out any competitors of course)
Oh, I never did find the name of that sound, either.