As you can see in the photo of the monkey under construction he sits on a circular ply board that is attached to a bar the other end of which runs in a gear-driven eccentric self-aligning bearing which rocks him with a circular motion. This motion is continuous and draws attention to him. If a coin is inserted into the slot he raises his hat, wiggles his feet and raises a notice from a slot in the base which says ‘Thank You’.
- Who’ll write me a drinking song?
MG posted this C15th verse the other day, and D suggested but didn’t provide music:
Bring us in good ale, and bring us in good ale,
Fore our blessed Lady sak, bring us in good ale.
Bring us in no browne bred, for that is made of brane;
Nor bring us in no whit bred, for
- Barrel Moreneta
Thinking about a mannequin to run off the machinery, a Darwinian take on the patroness of Catalonia and her composite stone chimneys came to one’s fetid brain:
Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the Catalan regional patron and her mountains, and a monkey and its barrel organ pipes?
(The stop-motion monkey unharmed by this collage …
QE1 once sent an organ avec grinder but sans monkey to Sultan Mehmet, but I don’t think anything good came of it–at any rate, there’s not much Orlando Gibbons being played in Istanbul these days.
Biciclown, the excellent Álvaro Neil, is in Istanbul at the moment. Here’s one of his promotional videos:
And here’s de heer
- Paintings by Yefim Ladizhinsky of street organs accompanying shows
A guy winding a handle isn’t much to look at, so it was cool to find this site dedicated to Yefim Ladizhinsky (1911-82), whose work I really like, and who shows Odessa organ-grinders working with other performers. Re Spectacle (organist bottom left) he writes:
A street-organ is a musical chest the size of a small suitcase. In