Tektronix equipment has been used in music.  Raymond Scott was an early electronic music pioneer.  In 1946 he formed Manhattan Research where he designed electronic music instruments and composed electronic music for a wide variety of uses.  This photo of his lab shows what appears to be a Tektronix 564 storage oscilloscope with a 2A63  300 KHz differential amplifier and a 2B67 timebase plug-in.  Both plug-ins were introduced in June 1962 and the 564 was introduced in June 1963.

This 1963 album by Marty Gold and his Orchestra, Sounds Unlimited, features a Tektronix RM503 scope for the album cover.  The Tektronix bug was removed from between the power switch and the pilot light.  It is not electronic music so the scope was chosen for some other reason.

This 1968 article highlights a Tektronix computer playing music.

This 1974 sound check setup photo of the Grateful Dead "wall of sound" shows two Telequipment D54 oscilloscopes on the stage.

The D54 is a DC to 10 MHz 2 channel oscilloscope with a 6 x 10 cm screen.  This photo is from the service manual.  There is an ad for the D54 on our Hoddesdon page.

This photo is of a very clean D54 was sent to us from amateur radio operator and Tektronix/Telequipment collector Owen McConnel, VK6YBA, in Perth Western Australia.


Iannis Xenakis was a composer, music theorist, architect, and engineer who pioneered the use of mathematical models in music.  These photos courtesy of www.lastfm.com show him with a 4014 DVST computer graphic terminal on the far right and his hand on a 4631 hardcopy unit.  Also pictured is a graphics tablet which were often used with the terminal in a computer-aided design system configuration.

This photo shows the screen and keyboard of the 4014 along with a tablet controller on top.

This 1998 video of Eddie Van Halen's home studio shows a T922R oscilloscope on his workbench at 5:00 minutes. The Tektronix T922R is a rack mount version of the T922 15 MHz dual channel analog scope. It was produced from 1977 to 1984.

The EMS Synthi 100 was a large analogue/digital hybrid synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios Ltd in the early 1970s. A total of 30 were built. It featured an integrated Telequipment D43R dual beam oscilloscope.

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia


This excerpt from the December 1969 Telequipment catalog describes the D43R.

While not specifically Tektronix oscilloscopes, the Oscilloscope Music website is worth checking out.  They have a demonstration album available in vinyl, mp3, and flac that draws interesting images on a scope in XY mode.  We have a demonstration exhibit of music in XY display at the museum.  By the way, the album cover requires red/blue 3D glasses to view properly.