I just found a piece by Miriam Ruiz Pérez in the Cuban national socialist regime’s magazine, La Jiribilla. Apparently Borbolla was born in Manzanillo of a merchant family which made money from the hire, construction and repair of dance organs. As he moved into the business following musical studies in France, he began to replace the books of polkas, mazurkas and valses imported from France with Cuban rumbas, sons, pregons and danzons. It seems there was also a repertoire of music to be played along with live instruments. Unfortunately I can’t find any recordings of his stuff.
- The street organ: construction and operation
The organ (technical data) was made in a devilish workshop in the Black Country, England’s old industrial heartland, and finished in December 2012. It is based on plans produced by this saintly gent which were modified to create functionality that goes well beyond the original.
It is wheel-cranked, either by hand or using a built-in electric motor. …
- When monkeys replaced children
There is going on a certain change for the better among this low class of strangers. On visiting them, I have remarked a considerable reduction of organs and monkeys in their apartments, usually filled with such instruments and beasts. The
- The secret life of organ-grinders
Speculation in French revolutionary fiduciary currency, the murder of the great British ballad-singer, & a revised date (1802) for the start of the supposedly post-Napoleonic emigration of Italian puppeteers & organ-grinders
- On preparing an anthology of English-language nursery rhymes for a Pyrenean baby
Dead space is newish horror survival game set on board a stricken interstellar mining ship. You play an engineer fighting a polymorphic, viral infestation which turns humans into grotesque alien monsters. Reviewing it Seth Schiesel asks:
When did fear become fun?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I’ve played Dead Space, the new, delectably