I just found Terry Smythe’s tremendous player piano site, which roughly 5782 MIDI files converted from scanned rolls. The relevance to street organ repertoire development is obvious – an hour’s tweaking and you’ve got something perfectly adequate for purpose. I hope someone, somewhere is writing a PhD answering such questions as: did piano rolls influence organ book arrangers? what happens if you play Liszt on a knitting machine?
- 1,653 piano rolls online at the Spanish National Library
Audio and scans, but no MIDI.
- What to do with all those extra MIDI outputs
amanda steggell: The Emotion Organ (2007) is a synaesthetic simulacrum machine where players can explore the sensational interplay of feeling, seeing, hearing,
- James Last, a bicycle trailer, and a pianola
From a tip by the Nun, the story that Hans’ dad, Louis, used to drive to gigs with a bicycle trailer
- Small organ made from a cannibalised harmonica
Step-By-Step guide showing how to build a small Monkey style Crank Organ using a set of reed plates from a harmonica.
- When monkeys replaced children
From an 1854 report of the New York Children’s Aid Society on an Italian school: There is going on a certain change