Look at The Emperor
The stately Emperor was made in Belgium by Mortier before the turn of the century. At that time it played from a pinned cylinder called a "cob." The cardboard books of music it now plays from are made of a special material from Sweden with flax in it to keep the perforations sharp and clear. Instruments played by this machine include 418 pipes, bass drum, cymbal, snare drum, double castanets and 22 xylophone bars. Its effect is similar to that of a 60 piece orchestra.
The following is a list of instruments as they are controlled by the "brain" or keyframe as shown on the original gamut book; mandolin, piston, xylophone, trommel snare and cast, tremelo, gross caisse, klein fluit, groote fluit, harmonium, violincelle, saxifoon, trombon, voisc humaine fixe, voisc celeste, violon. Every piece of this organ was hand made-even the brass vox humana pipes were swedged and flared by hand.
The ingenious tremelos will produce, with the vox humana, violin, diapason, and melphone, a marvelous sound not unlike the human singing voice.
This recording was originally released through the Audio Fidelity label back
in 1969. The original master tape has just been found among a pile of Emperor
reels. The Emperor is joined by his Harem, Sadie Mae (Military Trumpet Organ),
Goldie(Wurlitzer 157), Madam Laura(Gavioli Organ) and Big Bertha
(Limonaire Organ) Songs include:
1. DARDANELLA (EMPEROR)
2. ROSIE O' REILLY (GOLDIE)
3. ST. LOUIS RAG (SADIE MAE)
4. OVER THE WAVES (GOLDIE)
5. TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (EMPEROR)
6. WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL (MADAM LAURA)
7. QUEEN CITY MARCH (BIG BERTHA)
8. RED RIVER VALLEY (EMPEROR)
9. THE MERRY WIDOW WALTZ (BIG BERTHA)
10. TEASING (EMPEROR)
11. CRUISING DOWN THE RIVER (MADAM LAURA)
12. WEARIN' OF THE GREEN (EMPEROR)
13. SOMEWHERE MY LOVE (SADIE MAE)
14. AFTER YOU'VE GONE (MADAM LAURA)
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