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You've Never Heard A Music Box Like This


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The Music Box is a project in New Orleans that consists of nine shacks made of reclaimed building materials. But they're constructed to create sounds, which the group of artists, musicians, and engineers who made them call "musical architecture."
The new instruments inside are Rube Goldberg contraptions that bring to mind the ingenuity of Southern jug bands. There’s a twisting staircase that pumps out tones from organ parts retrieved from a church flooded during Hurricane Katrina; a giant stand-up bass with a weed-whacker line for a string and a bathtub for a resonator; a tall, weather-vane–like structure hooked up to an analog synthesizer. “It reacts to rain, sunlight and wind velocity and uses those variables to modulate an ever-present, droning E major chord,” explains its inventor, Quintron, a New Orleans musician who conducts Music Box performances. The concerts attract hundreds who wait in line for a chance to sit in a small set of bleachers.

Read more about The Music Box at Smithsonian. Link -Thanks, Perrin!

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