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date: 05 December 2019


  • Hugh Davies


Monophonic electronic keyboard instrument developed by Harald Bode in Neubeuern, near Munich, and constructed by him and later by the Häberlein company in Munich. Bode made several versions of the instrument, some with one and others with two manuals, during the years 1947–54. It was partly based on his earlier Melodium (1938), and included a similar range of filter and vibrato controls; it also introduced a new solution to the problem of obtaining two timbres on a single manual, which Bode had tackled in his Warbo Formant-Orgel (1937).

The Melochord has a five-octave, touch-sensitive keyboard, which can be split into two parts (two octaves in the bass and three in the treble) to control two independent oscillators. The sections can be independently transposed (by octave units) so that the two voices overlap, and both sections have a volume pedal. Bode frequently performed on the Melochord for Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich between ...

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