The Third Coast Institute of Sound show

Jul 6, 2018

Have you ever been to the Third Coast Institute of Sound? Probably not. It's a dreamed-up fictional museum where all of the exhibits and artifacts are dedicated to things that make sound and noise.

The "Voder," short for "Voice Operating Demonstrator," debuted at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

On this special, the history of the cat piano goes back centuries and raises unanswered (and perhaps unanswerable) questions about the relationship between music and noise, human and animal.

We'll also head back to the New  York World's Fair. An astonishing new machine debuted there in 1939. Picture this: An operator sat at the organ-like device's curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience, placed her hands on a keyboard in front of her, and then played something the world had never really heard before -- a synthesized voice.

These stories and more, including Roald Dahl's "Sound Machine," all coming up on "The Third Coast Institute of Sound show." Join us this Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m. for more.