Timeline of music technology

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The timeline of music technology provides the major dates in the history of electric music technologies inventions from the 1800s to the early 1900s and electronic and digital music technologies from 1874 and electric music technologies to the 2010s.



Japan-specific timeline

This section shows the Japan-specific timeline of music technology.
Note: Some items in the list are not the first even in Japan.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Synthesizer</span> Electronic musical instrument

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