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Magical music machines e-catalogue

Since ancient times automatic musical instruments have raised the question of where the boundaries lie between the living and the unliving, and what life actually is. Bellows replaced human breath, weights and clock springs human strength, complicated mechanisms the movements of fingers, while cylinders with pins, a perforated belt, or hard discs took the place of human memory. Automatophones equalled the abilities of a live musician and even surpassed them in technical perfection of performance. Although today we live in a digital age, where ‘everything’ is possible, musical playing machines still arouse in us feelings of something supernatural, mysterious, endowed with magic, something that goes beyond us.

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