Interested in seeing who won awards at the MBSI Annual Meeting in Rockville, MD? Well, now you can find out by clicking the link above and viewing the PDF presentation for yourself.
MBSI is pleased to announce the availability of a new book you may wish to add to your mechanical music library. There are many volumes about the history of musical boxes made in Switzerland, Germany, and France, but that is not all of the story. There was also a thriving industry producing quality musical boxes in the nineteenth century in the Austrian Empire. Information about those instruments, particularly for English speakers, has been much harder to come by.
We are pleased to announce that an important work on this subject, previously only available in German, has been released in a revised and updated English language edition. It is Musical Boxes from Prague and Vienna by Dr. Helmut Kowar, issued by the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Several organizations financial contributions have made this possible. The Musical Box Society International and the Musical Box Society of Great Britain jointly funded the printing cost. Translation was funded by two foundations, the Franz-Josef Mayer-Gunthof Wissenschafts und Forschungsstiftung and the Stiftung Familie Philipp Politzer.
The volume is generously sized at approximately 8 ¼ x 11 ¾”, runs 246 pages, is generously illustrated and includes an extensive catalog of known instrument examples. It is currently available from the Academy at https://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/musical-boxes-from-prague-and-vienna. (Note the icon at the upper right of the webpage that makes an English language version of the web page available.) Dr. Kowar has informed us that the Academy will be making the book available on Amazon as well.
Interested in seeing who won awards at the MBSI Annual Meeting in Detroit, MI? Well, now you can find out by clicking the link above and viewing the PDF presentation for yourself.
James Dundon has launched a 24/7 online website playing mechanical music. He says, “It’s a project I’ve been working on for sometime, and last night I hit the button and put it live. At the moment it’s in ‘test transmission’ stages playing continuous music. It’s actual launch will be this Sunday 1st April at 9 am. Please can you help me spread the word. Share news about this to anyone you think might be interested. You can find out all about the station and tune in now.
“We are on Facebook and Twitter under ‘Mechanical Music Radio.’ Also you might be able to help me with some music. I’m looking for iconic instruments from around the world. If you have a CD you have released, or a personal recording you’re particularly proud of, please be in touch. You can post, wetransfer or dropbox the audio to be for broadcast. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Tune into the radio station at http://www.mechanicalmusicradio.com/
Watch as this wonderful Welte Philharmonic Organ, restored by MBSI member Durward Center, shows its stuff.
A few technical details may be slightly askew, but journalist Harriet Baskas takes you on a tour of the new exhibit that is part of the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection at the Morris Museum.
A local New Jersey television station provided video coverage available to view below.
How a music box works – basics