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Calliope Classics 1

Calliope Classics 1

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Along with the hoot of the trolley whistle, the voice of New York Museum of Transportation, near Rochester, N.Y., is it's calliope. Donated to NYMT in the 1990s after a career as a favorite in Rochester-area parades, the calliope had been silent for several years before repairs were made in early 2009. Calliopes date from the mid-1800s. Whistles fed with steam and operated from a keyboard produced a loud, almost deafening sound when heard close-up. When circuses began traveling to towns by railroad after the Civil War, the calliope was the perfect instrument to draw townspeople to the performances. NYMT's calliope is a CA-43 calliope built about 1920 by the Tangley Company of Muscatine, Iowa. Electricity is used to power several motors. One runs a compressor which supplies low-pressure air to the whistles. Another motor drives a vacuum system for the paper roll reader. Two more motors, one for forward and another for rewind, moves the punched paper roll past a reader bar. The paper roll system is similar to those used on player pianos and band organs. Paper rolls with punched slots are drawn past a stationary bar with a series of vacuum hoses, one for each whistle. When a hole in the paper appears, the inrush of air actuates a valve which in turn admits compressed air into it's whistle. On NYMT's calliope, a total of 43 whistle sounds are actuated by 43 lines of punched holes; a 44th slot is for actuating the rewind mechanism. By careful arrangement of the punched holes, the whistles are sounded in sequence to form the fascinating songs you will hear on this disc. NYMT's calliope can also be played from a keyboard. These recordings were made during the summer of 2009 in the former hay barn which now forms the main exhibit hall of NYMT. The calliope was set in an open area between a Philadelphia snow sweeper and an elegant Texas interurban parlor car, and a system of two microphones used to feed signals into a digitizer. The electronic files so formed were then edited and arranged for publication. Since NYMT's calliope is only operated for a very few special events, this two-volume set of selected songs is a rare opportunity to hear the voice of NYMT.

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Kunstenaar: Calliope From Ny Museum of Transportation
Titel: Calliope Classics 1
Genre: Vocal
Releasedatum: 31-8-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 764738201626
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