Instruments And The Imagination

Author: Thomas L. Hankins
Editor: Princeton University Press
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Thomas Hankins and Robert Silverman investigate an array of instruments from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century that seem at first to be marginal to science--magnetic clocks that were said to operate by the movements of sunflower seeds, magic lanterns, ocular harpsichords (machines that played different colored lights in harmonious mixtures), Aeolian harps (a form of wind chime), and other instruments of "natural magic" designed to produce wondrous effects. By looking at these and the first recording instruments, the stereoscope, and speaking machines, the authors show that "scientific instruments" first made their appearance as devices used to evoke wonder in the beholder, as in works of magic and the theater. The authors also demonstrate that these instruments, even though they were often "tricks," were seen by their inventors as more than trickery. In the view of Athanasius Kircher, for instance, the sunflower clock was not merely a hoax, but an effort to demonstrate, however fraudulently, his truly held belief that the ability of a flower to follow the sun was due to the same cosmic magnetic influence as that which moved the planets and caused the rotation of the earth. The marvels revealed in this work raise and answer questions about the connections between natural science and natural magic, the meaning of demonstration, the role of language and the senses in science, and the connections among art, music, literature, and natural science. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Music Of The Past Instruments And Imagination

Author: Michael Latcham
Editor: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
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This volume presents the proceedings of the second International Congress organised in Lausanne by the harmoniques Foundation and held in the Spring of 2004. The papers were given by experts on brass and stringed keyboard instruments. The emphasis was on a variety of historical instrument-making traditions and on the history of the revival of the use of early instruments. The contributions not only included detailed discussions regarding the parameters of performance practice and the use of historical instruments but also about the inspiration given by some of the leading revivalists in these fields. In many cases the contributors placed a special focus on the performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The History Of Musical Instruments

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Music Of The Past Instruments And Imagination

Author: Rencontres Internationales Harmoniques
Editor: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039109937
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Ce volume présente les délibérations des Deuxièmes Rencontres Internationales harmoniques du printemps 2004. Les conférences ont été données par des experts des instruments à claviers et des cuivres. L'accent a été mis sur une variété de traditions historiques de facture instrumentale et sur l'histoire du renouveau de l'utilisation d'instruments anciens. Les contributions traitent non seulement des paramètres des pratiques instrumentales, mais encore de l'inspiration donnée dans ces domaines par quelques pionniers du renouveau de la musique ancienne. Dans bien des cas, les auteurs se sont penchés plus spécialement sur l'interprétation de la musique de Johann Sebastian Bach. This volume presents the proceedings of the second International Congress organised in Lausanne by the harmoniques Foundation and held in the Spring of 2004. The papers were given by experts on brass and stringed keyboard instruments. The emphasis was on a variety of historical instrument-making traditions and on the history of the revival of the use of early instruments. The contributions not only included detailed discussions regarding the parameters of performance practice and the use of historical instruments but also about the inspiration given by some of the leading revivalists in these fields. In many cases the contributors placed a special focus on the performance of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Instruments Of The Imagination

Author: Howard Dawes
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Although this is essentially a study of the instruments themselves, this selection of instruments has been chosen to allow the many and varied aspects that they can reveal of a wider world of relationships between the makers of instruments and their books published describing their use to a much wider public. We examine instruments of remarkable craftsmanship for precision drawing, to the more basic tools, often made in wood, for builders or designers of sundials. These instruments, often made of engraved paper scales laid down on oak were provided at a price that the builder could afford and of course with the passage of time it tends to be only the important and expensive instruments that have survived. With the changes in fashion at the end of the 17th century and the return to Palladianism, innovations were made to assist architects in accurately recording or designing buildings in accordance with the strict mathematical rules

Esotericism Art And Imagination

Author: Arthur Versluis
Editor: MSU Press
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Esotericism, Art, and Imaginationis a uniquely wide- ranging collection of articles by scholars in the field of Western esotericism, focusing on themes of poetry, drama, film, literature, and art. Included here are articles illuminating such diverse topics as the Gnostic fiction of Philip Pullman, alchemical images, the Tarot, surrealism, esoteric films, and much more. This collection reveals the richness and complexity of the intersections between esotericism, artistic creators, and their works. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Cathy Gutierrez, M. E. Warlick, Eric Wilson, and many others.

The Fingering Logic And Performing Of Woodwind Instruments

Author: Peter Ninaus
Editor: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640850173
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Research Paper from the year 2011 in the subject Musicology, grade: 1, - (-), language: English, abstract: The fingering logic and performing of woodwind instruments. A psychological study and model. Since there is no empirical research about woodwind-playing, this work shows a way, for example, to calculate "Fear Parts," and how you can circumvent them, or how you can find the best aesthetic fingering sequences. The analysis of explorative tests showed a correlation between subjective difficulty and the number of fingers in use or the change and the resulting number of finger movements. In order to explain this situation, I use a fingering table, where "0" represents open or keys not pressed, and in "1" closed or pressed keys (Conjunctors). With this table, it was possible for me to handle images as vectors and represent them together with their transformations to make a comparison. With the vector sum, I had the opportunity to compare the subjective results with the calculated values. The relationship between subjective perception and calculated level of difficulty was given. These results make it possible to create a forecast model of optimal fingering sequences for musicians, teachers and composers, without knowing about the playing of a clarinet. These calculations also enable the Aesthetic Analysis of pieces, if the fingering table is expanded with aural criteria. Passages of pieces could be transcribed to other instruments, and be reviewed on their playability, when a sound situation requires this. This is a crude tool and should be extended to acoustically-physical and aesthetic parameters, to make further developments of the clarinets (Vienna clarinet and French clarinet). The aim of further development of wind instruments should be: Optimizing and expanding sound and fingering techniques appearances. Advantages of the fingering of each clarinet system should be usable on other instruments and, apart from the bore of the systems, universal.

Subtle Devices

Author: Jessica Lynn Wolfe
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Old Instruments In New Contexts

Author: Peter Baumann
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The African Imagination In Music

Author: Victor Kofi Agawu
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190263210
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The world of Sub-Saharan African music is immensely rich and diverse, containing a plethora of repertoires and traditions. In The African Imagination in Music, renowned music scholar Kofi Agawu offers an introduction to the major dimensions of this music and the values upon which it rests. Agawu leads his readers through an exploration of the traditions, structural elements, instruments, and performative techniques that characterize the music. In sections that focus upon rhythm, melody, form, and harmony, the essential parts of African music come into relief. While traditional music, the backbone of Africa's musical thinking, receives the most attention, Agawu also supplies insights into popular and art music in order to demonstrate the breadth of the African musical imagination. Close readings of a variety of songs, including an Ewe dirge, an Aka children's song, and Fela's 'Suffering and Smiling' supplement the broader discussion. The African Imagination in Music foregrounds a hitherto under-reported legacy of recordings and insists on the necessity of experiencing music as sound in order to appreciate and understand it fully. Accordingly, a Companion Website features important examples of the music discussed in detail in the book. Accessibly and engagingly written for a general audience, The African Imagination in Music is poised to renew interest in Black African music and to engender discussion of its creative underpinnings by Africanists, ethnomusicologists, music theorists and musicologists.

Berlioz And The Romantic Imagination An Exhibition

Author: Arts Council of Great Britain
Editor: London : Arts Council
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The Documentary Imagination

Author: Jim Keegan Hinch
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Tools Of The Imagination

Author: Susan Piedmont-Palladino
Editor: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568985992
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The construction of a building is fascinating to watch, as the symbiosis between man and machine turns what seem to be scattered piles of material into architecture. But before the tools of construction ever arrive on the site, the architect wields a different set of tools to design, develop, and document the building-to-be. The history of these drawing tools is one of invention and innovation. In a profession increasingly dominated by the computer, earlier toolsfrom the compass to thehelicograph, ellipsograph, and volutor; from perspective charts to slopes and batters; from Mylar to modeling clayare beautiful artifacts of a bygone day. Along with historical objects, the National Building Museum has collected wooden models by Frank Gehry and hand-drawn sketches by Tod Williams, showing that the tools of the imagination are still very much a part of architectural design. Covering 250 years of design tools and technologies,Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present takes a revealing look at how architects have produced the drawings, models, renderings, and, now, animations that show us the promise of what might be built. The book includes a wide array of these tools as well as drawings, renderings, and sketches from well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and I. M. Pei.

Musical Instruments Of The Western World

Author: Emanuel Winternitz
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Journal Of Mental Imagery

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On The Manners And Customs Of The Ancient Irish

Author: Eugene O'Curry
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Curricula For The Gifted

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