Feb. 23rd, 2017

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Wagner’s Zukunfts Music



by Joseph Keppler (1877)

wagner's zukunfts musik (1877)


Lazy Curator™ sez: On display, we see the Catophone, the Wire-Rake-Oloide, the Tin-Panium, the Sic-Em-Jackionette and the Porko Melodeon.

That last one is making me think of the Porkerina* from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and most of them make me think of the Mouse Organ from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

In reality, Keppler was just ahead of his time in his prognostication of “anything can be a source of musical sound” philosophy of 20th Century experimental music.

Now where did I put that video of John Cage playing a cactus? Oh wait, here it is!

As a bonus: Frank Zappa plays a bicycle!

*The sound Joel Hodgson was referring to was actually produced by a bass harmonica.

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