Nikolai Voinov “Dance of the Crow”
There is little information about Voinov’s work. In this witty and amusing early animation from 1930 in Moscow Voinov sketched and cut out cardboard combs of the 80 semi-tones of the piano. By selecting the proper combs and photographing one after another in the correct order on the soundtrack of a movie film, Voinov was able to produce any favorite piano melody.
The instrument used to create the score is electronic, to this day a number of artists and experts are puzzled by its sound as no one knows certainly how this soundtrack was produced in 1930.
E. Sholpo of Leningrad developed method of producing synthetic sound. Instead of sketching individual notes, he prepared disks with cut openings. The speed at which the disk is revolved when photographed determines the pitch of sound. Notes of a high pitch are produced by revolving the disk rapidly; low speeds produce low notes.
Hand-Drawn Soundtrack (Feb, 1936)