Posts Tagged ‘mechanical’

From the Library: Musica Ex Machinis

Today Elrik Mer­lin presents a var­ied pro­gramme of music from (and some­times by) machines. And we mean musi­cal machines in the broad­est sense, from glass har­mon­i­cas, Vic­to­ri­an musi­cal box­es and the mighty Sym­pho­nion, to steam organs, pianolas and bar­rel pianos (and the mod­ern Cybraphon) on the one hand, but touch­ing the capa­bil­i­ties of ear­ly com­put­ers […]

From the Library: Mechanical Music

The days before the gramo­phone and the radio were still filled with music. Not only did peo­ple per­form for each oth­er at home in the par­lour, or go out for an evening’s enter­tain­ment to the dance-hall or music-hall; the ears of our Vic­to­ri­an antecedents were also assailed by musi­cal per­for­mances from ‘record­ed’ sources, though not […]

From the Library — Mechanical Music

Today’s pro­gramme in our From the Library series focus­es on 19th cen­tu­ry mechan­i­cal instru­ments, from fair­ground and street organs to musi­cal box­es and oth­er devices com­mon­ly found in the Vic­to­ri­an par­lour or cof­fee house. In the street, a com­mon sight in Vic­to­ri­an times, and famil­iar today from peri­od dra­mas, was the bar­rel piano, where a […]

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