27 December 2012 ·

An organist from Zürich improvises on an August Förster Quattrochord Superflügel, a piano whose build and sound are every bit as formidable as its name might suggest. Exemplary of the “Gröβer ist besser” attitude prevalent in Nazi Germany, the “super wing’s” massive bulk of 700 kg is nearly thrice that of the comparable Steinway S-155 from the same period, and where the Steinway model allots three strings per key over much of the compass, the Quattrochord of course allots four. Its rich, sonorous tone was intended in part to fill the unprecedentedly large concert halls the Third Reich planned to build in “World Capital Germania.”

8 December 2012 ·

(Source: Flickr / jmvnoos)

1 December 2012 ·

(Source: Flickr / curt_ryan)

24 September 2012 ·

4 September 2012 ·

"Claridonut," John Delorey.

"Claridonut," John Delorey.

(Source: Flickr / jonsphotos)

28 August 2012 ·

(Source: Flickr / bofotos)

26 August 2012 ·

James JowersSt. Mark’s Place, NYC, 1968George Eastman House Collection 

James Jowers
St. Mark’s Place, NYC, 1968
George Eastman House Collection 

(Source: Flickr / george_eastman_house)

23 August 2012 ·

Flute player, Gotaland, Sweden, ca. 1890. 

Flute player, Gotaland, Sweden, ca. 1890. 

(Source: Flickr / swedish_heritage_board)

20 August 2012 ·

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13 August 2012 ·

"The sound of the harpsichord is like two skeletons copulating on a tin roof."

~

Sir Thomas Beecham 

13 August 2012 ·

Raoul Dufy 
(1877-1953) 

12 August 2012 ·

clarinet barrels by Morrie Backun/BMS. 

clarinet barrels by Morrie Backun/BMS. 

(Source: backunmusicalfanpage)

9 August 2012 ·

Factoid: Though it may now belong chiefly to the Cylons and T-Pain, the vocoder was originally implemented as an efficient method of voice compression and encryption for secure transmissions, and was used as such during World War II. 

Factoid: Though it may now belong chiefly to the Cylons and T-Pain, the vocoder was originally implemented as an efficient method of voice compression and encryption for secure transmissions, and was used as such during World War II. 

2 August 2012 ·

The rhythmicon, essentially the world’s first drum machine, built by Leon Theremin in the 1930s at the request and according to the concept of Henry Cowell. The rhythmicon, or “polyrhythmophone,” was designed to facilitate the execution of complex polyrhythms impossible for a single performer using conventional means. It works by projecting light onto photoreceptors; the rhythms are achieved by having the light pass through holes on discs which rotate at controlled speeds.

The rhythmicon, essentially the world’s first drum machine, built by Leon Theremin in the 1930s at the request and according to the concept of Henry Cowell. The rhythmicon, or “polyrhythmophone,” was designed to facilitate the execution of complex polyrhythms impossible for a single performer using conventional means. It works by projecting light onto photoreceptors; the rhythms are achieved by having the light pass through holes on discs which rotate at controlled speeds.

30 July 2012 ·

Curtis Lindsay
Pianist, composer,
expert in nonsense.



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