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October 20, 2012 5:50 AM   Subscribe

A harpsichord automaton. Malcolm Messiter: "After hours of struggling with a soldering iron, suddenly it all became worth it when the system just worked flawlessly. The sheer joy and satisfaction of seeing and hearing it work for the first time was extraordinary. It played Soler’s Fandango, Brandenburg 5, the Goldberg Variations, and even the Flight of the Bumble Bee, late into that first night!" [Project direct link (PDF, from p.27)].
posted by urbanwhaleshark (11 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Yo, harpsichord! You PLAYED yahself!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:59 AM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is great. I've been looking for something that would let me listen to the Goldberg Variations in less than two minutes.
posted by Egg Shen at 8:20 AM on October 20, 2012


It looks so friendly when they close the lid!
posted by carsonb at 8:37 AM on October 20, 2012


Awesome.
posted by Catblack at 9:23 AM on October 20, 2012


That is way cool; thanks for posting it.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:24 AM on October 20, 2012


Yeah, but can it play Colin Nancarrow?
posted by charlesminus at 10:33 AM on October 20, 2012


If I buy it a drink, will it accompany my recitative?
posted by Pallas Athena at 11:09 AM on October 20, 2012


I like anything with Harpsichords... and a Nancarrow program would be a real treat.
posted by ovvl at 6:44 PM on October 20, 2012


This made me smile when I listened to it. Thank you for posting it.
posted by immlass at 7:40 PM on October 20, 2012


If I buy it a drink, will it accompany my recitative?

Any self respecting musician with rent to pay ain't gonna be your accompanist for one drink.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:00 PM on October 20, 2012


Heard and witnessed, flapjax-- but perhaps an automaton might have lower overheads?

Sigh. Recit accompaniment will *never* be automated. I'm going to be stuck paying premiums to [excellent, deserving] accompanists for auditions I don't get and concerts I make a loss on *forever*. [V, I]
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:08 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


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