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The Water Organ

9th December 2010

The Water Organ, has an amazing history so I thought I would track some of it here.

The Water Organ, has an amazing history so I thought I would track some of it here.

Obviously there are hundreds of links... here are some good ones

http://www.pianola.org/history/history_mechanical.cfm

http://herbergeronline.asu.edu/haefer/classes/564/564.papers/curtisjwaterorgan.html

Here are a few books to hunt down.

New and rare inventions of waterworks - Isaac de Caus.

The English landscape garden Language: English Pagination: 26, 34, xxvi, [4] p: ISBN 10: 0824001788 LCCN: 79057005 Dewey: 714/.0942 

Athanasius Kircher wrote a treatise on mechanical music, Musurgia Universalis, published in 1650.

After a bit of hunting around it seems like the whole of this book has been scanned and kindly put up by the university of.

http://imgbase-scd-ulp.u-strasbg.fr/displayimage.php?pos=-185710

 

Here is an image of a water-powered barrel-operated pipe organ designed by Kircher.

Kircher states that three things are necessary for a water organ: water, air and a recording barrel. The recording barrel is the pinned cylinder common to so many of these instruments.