Watch this 120-year old mechanical organ play a song


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/30/watch-this-120-year-old-mechan.html


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“What’s cool is how the sheet music is on an accordion-folded hard card that looks almost exactly like a timeline in ProTools etc.”


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Aww, c’mon! You know that Bohemian Rhapsody is the only tune for this kinda occasion!


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Wintergatan created Marble Machine, one of the most amazing modern mechanical instruments

Martin Molin’s marble machine is a truly amazing creation, but unlike the main topic “120-year old mechanical organ” of this post the Marble Machine did not produce the final state of the music that it apparently is making without a lot of careful 21st century audio post-editing.(ref1) “Molin explains that there are a number of random errors that can occur and due to those, the final music video took many separate filmed segments to complete.”(ref2)


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Street organ music has forever become the Music of Madness to me after this:


…and street organs are pretty frequent in the city center where I have my studio… brrr…


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Okay, not a street organ, but certainly with a touch of madness:


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That style of view is usually called ‘piano roll’, because it looks just like a piano roll.

A museum near me has a steam-powered fairground organ from the same manufacturers (as part of a carousel). They run it all through the summer, and it is fantastic.


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The song it is playing, “Under Paris Skies,” is from 1951.


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