The Sonovox, circa 1940

Created over 60 years ahead of Daft Punk, the Sonovox is an amazing device that gives voice to musical instruments. The Sonovox consists of one or two louspeakers placed on the throat that play the source sound. The performer whispers the words while the speakers stand in for the voice box.

Used for the talking train in Disney’s Dumbo, uncountable radio promos, a modified tube-in-the-mouth version “Talk Box” was used by Peter Frampton to make his guitar sing, and all-electronic “Vocoder” versions are still used in current pop music.

You can find out how to make one yourself right here.