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Switching Matrix

Tool

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Tool Identification

Name of tool: Switching Matrix
Creation date: circa 1966
Designer: Robert Kieronski

Historical Notice

Robert Kieronski developed this instrument while working as a researcher at Western Electric, “as a means of generating general logic functions for automated testing.” (1) The type of relay used – a wire spring relay – was not commonplace at the time, being primarily used in the telephone industry. The Switching Matrix was deployed by David Tudor in Bandoneon! (a combine) to direct audio signals towards various outputs (lights, speakers) and other electronic instruments.

Tool Description

The Switching Matrix allowed different instruments to be connected to one another.

Summary of Materials

Frame, electronic components.

Components

Sixteen wire spring relays, patchboard.

Documents Consulted

Kieronski Robert, email addressed to Clarisse Bardiot, July 31, 2005.

Vincent Bonin © 2006 FDL

(1) Kieronski Robert, email addressed to Clarisse Bardiot, July 31, 2005.