Hugh Le Caine General Physics, Subatomic Particles, Optics, Biophysics, Theoretical Physics

Invented electronic musical instruments

The Story

Le Caine, spent his life inventing and composing. At work, he was a physicist at the National Research Council in Ottawa. At home he pursued his consuming interest in electronic music and sound generation. During the ‘40s, he designed a number of instruments including the Sackbut synthesizer, which is now recognized as the first voltage-controlled musical instrument of its kind. Eventually Le Caine was allowed to bring his private interests to work at the NRC. His full-time involvement with music produced a legacy of new instruments and compositions, the most well known of which is Dripsody, a piece of music which consists only of the sound of falling water drops.

Sources: The Canadian Composer, December 1989

The Person

Date of Death
July 5, 1977
National Research Council
Last Updated
April 30, 2002

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