Issue 78: The Smithsonian Museum Resources

This amazing instrument seems to be a brilliant combination of Junk and Precision Engineering. Watch, listen (turn your sound on!) and marvel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuA7fG58KI

I apologise if you have come across this wonderful video already – but I only discovered it a week ago. However, on further investigation things may not be what they seem;  http://www.snopes.com/photos/arts/musicmachine.asp

Oh well. I still enjoyed watching and listening!

However, in the course of searching on “Smithsonian” to try and track down more information about the machine, I discovered all these, genuine Smithsonian videos – a series of 5, using scientific and musical instruments from the collection:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8649LlZYsU introduction to acoustics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qm8WQgDlSg&playnext=1&list=PL7D5MZ10kPD3eoiSoSBjOcEHV63gHTLRX&feature=results_video introduction to wave models

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arP0Jq35dws  tuning forks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEttRmu2kGk  chladni plates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn93ure-Fa8   resonance

There are more, on sirens, resonators, wave models and all manner of things. Just search “SmithsonianAmHistory acoustics” on YouTube, and prepare to become lost in time and space.

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