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Electric Keys

Take a deep dive into the history of the modern keyboard and its influence across jazz, rock, pop and soul.
By Marissa Ciampi
February 22, 2021
By Marissa Ciampi
February 22, 2021

Electric Keys will showcase the Powerhouse Museum's newly acquired private collection of 20th century keyboards in a refreshingly niche, long running exhibition. The electronic instruments will complement the Museum's existing collection of mechanical musical objects, which includes early 20th century pianos and organs to modern-day synthesisers.

The collection will explore the modern keyboard's development and contribution across jazz, pop, soul and rock. One of the highlights is the Model B3 Hammond organ: a 1954 invention which weighs in at 132 kilograms and was a favourite among professional musicians in the 1960–70s.

Image: Hohner Clavinet D6, developed by Ernt Zacharias for Hohner Germany, 1967, Powerhouse Collection

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