From the Library: Mechanical Music Hall

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 29 January, 2009

Today, Elrik Merlin presents selections from traditional mechanical instruments of all kinds: street organs, barrel pianos, Symphonions, Carousels and Calliopes, and musical boxes. The mix includes some modern material written for these instruments as well as traditional Victorian favourites. In addition, to leaven the mix somewhat, we have included some waltzes and popular dances of the turn of the 19th/20th centuries including works by Strauss and others.

The picture shows a Mortier steam organ.

• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)


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