**Special free invite b4 11pm and $5 after w/ firstname.lastname@example.org**
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22
An Evening of All Vocoder Tracks
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF
BRUCE HAACK & DAVE TOMPKINS
Celebrating the release of Bruce Haack’s Farad: The Electric Voice &
Dave Tompkins How to Wreck a Nice Beach
@The Room (Hollywood)
1626 North Cahuenga Blvd
Free b4 11pm, $5 after w/ RSVP: email@example.com
$8 admission | 21w/ID | Valet parking available.
The vocoder was invented to improve telecommunications in the 1930s and re-purposed by the military to mask speech among officials during World War II. By the 1980s, artists like Afrika Bambaataa and Zapp began using it as a musical instrument. The sound caught on and has remained one of the most influential movements in music to this day, although Auto-Tune (not included on the list), has mostly replaced it. Writer Dave Tompkins is somewhat of a vocoder historian; the legendary music journalist wrote a book this year, How To Wreck A Nice Beach, chronicling the machine’s history.
Farad: The Electric Voice