Doubts have been expressed re my capacity to sing over the bloody thing. Here at 02:00 is Claude Reboul on the Place Beaubourg demonstrating that this is not a problem:
About a decade ago Claude recorded his greatest hits album, L’organiste barbare, which is in similar mode and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be available anywhere legally. There are photos of him and his work on his website, including the magnificent Mécanophone, which looks rather like some Italian trucks I have known but would be the envy of them all:
Whatever the strength of my voice, megalomania may profit from entrism & hence a small organ.
- Palm or similar as integrated sound control device
Rather than mucking around with Gumstix and stuff, the excellent Christian Blanchard runs his Orgautomatix from MIDI data and a MIDI reader on a Palm (pic here of the setup). Old Palms go for a tenner and the Z22 is around 70 quid at the moment. IttyMidi does a package including an old Palm (only 8MB) for 120USD, so …
- Beyond digesting ducks
Medium-sized data and the street organ’s mannequin.
- 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
- Why Mexicans don’t admit to playing the slide trombone
I went into the excellent and apparently men-only Cantina La Fuente in Guadalajara, Jalisco this morning and ordered a beer. An aggressive-looking youngish guy further down the bar started mouthing off loudly about gringos, so I went over to see what his problem was, and it turned out he was a frustrated sysadmin looking for his …
- 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