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Electronic music is saturating the airwaves more than ever, but did you know the first synthesiser was built in 1929? And the extraordinary Meg Travers recreated it - learn all about the trautonium.

Meg Travers, a musician, archivist, digital preservation specialist, and PdD student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, embarked on a journey during her study of electronic music to recreate this ancient synth, and presented it to the world last year with a Ted Talk. Meg is a unique woman in music. She is extremely passionate about early electronic instruments and is on a quest to preserve the world's understanding of ancient, analogue musical artefacts before we forget them altogether because of how fast technology is moving. Meg has degrees in music technology and is also a qualified radio technician. Aside from the trautonium, Meg has built other electronic musical instruments and creates soundscapes using ambient radio noise. She is also the musical director of a group called MotET, an industrial/electronic ensemble.Meg gave Music Love this interview of her musical pathway so far, what it was like to recreate this unique synthesiser, the process of trying to learn how to play it using only old audio and film recordings of the late Oskar Sala performing on it, and how she wishes more women would take a dive into the world of computer engineering.

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