CATALOG OF PIANOS, ORGANS, AND OTHER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Jan 2016 Music is transcendental.It moves us, transforms us, and leads us down a spiritual path. Music is what differentiates humans from all other species; it is the thing that gives language to our souls.
Long before modern scientists gave us such "precise" measurements, the ancient Mesoamericans evolved a numerical system that could handle most astronomical calculations; in fact, all the planetary cycles could be incorporated within their intricate calendrical system.
They succeeded in bringing these cycles into relation with one another and, most importantly for the Maya, into relation with their sacred (astrological) calendar of 260 days.
It’s defintely more Ivor Cutler than Van der Graaf Generator, but that’s certainly no bad thing.
There’s really not a lot of information available about these – they do crop up fairly regularly in online auctions, along with similar items by other manufacturers.
By the early nineteenth century, the American builders were refining it, so by the end of that century, we have most all the workings of a modern piano, completing today’s version of the instrument.
When I was about ten years old, my interest in history was sparked and about the same time I began making music on our family’s Julius Bauer upright piano.
For example, we must use decimals to express the tropical year at approximately 365.2422 days, the lunation at about 29.5306 days, or the average synodical revolution of Venus, which is 583.92 days.
We tend to assume that it is necessary to use fractions or decimal placement in order to express these kinds of astronomical figures, but that is simply a prejudice based on our familiarity with the Western method of counting.
Object Place: Brattleboro, Vermont Height 200.6 cm, width 139.7 cm, depth 65 cm (Height 79 in., width 55 in., depth 25 9/16 in.) 2006.1358 Walnut, rosewood David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239) Americas, Musical Instruments Aerophones Because of their affordability and portability, reed organs were extremely popular in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century.