October 31st, 2006

Stereo field-recording of a kermis organ in a small German town while a funfair. The recorded selfplaying organ machine was build in 1904 by a Bavarian organ builder. It works with folded papers that have holes to code the music. Outside you see a barocklike design with angels drumming and a moving conductor in the middle etc. Each musical play has always about 6 to 12 music tracks. The music are folksongs or popular music at the beginning of the 20th century. I separated the tracks by cutting and converted them from wav to mp3. This track has the title "Rosamunde". Its a very famous folksong / popular song of a man singing to his beloved [Rosamunde], assuring her of his honesty and love. This song today is often sung by drunken pride of men - its still famous.


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    daveincamas 11 years, 11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this. This sort of thing does not exist here in the USA. One of the things I love about freesound is hearing things that are unique to an area, such as this.

    I have a player piano built in 1910, perhaps someday I will make a recording of it.

    One thing to think about with this sample - the volume is a little high - could you pull it down a little?

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    dobroide 11 years, 11 months ago

    this one left me speechless. Close my eyes and see the ambiance at the fair 100 years ago, men in their dark suits, bowler hats... What a great source of inspiration for a writer, terrific!

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