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Schumann, struggling with his piano technique, fashioned a finger-strengthening contraption out of a used cigar box. Unfortunately, this device had the opposite of its intended effect and resulted in permanent damage to Schumann’s right hand.
Imagine a device that allows all musicians to participate in a musical ensemble, regardless of visual impairments. The haptic baton does exactly that by directly connecting the conductor to visually impaired musicians through radio signals.
Fresh off of the heels of the Industrial Revolution, inventors like Ludwig Hupfeld found a niche creating innovative new ways to present music to the public. The Phonoliszt Violina was a groundbreaking invention with the capability to play three violins and a piano keyboard simultaneously and unassisted.
Disgraceland, hosted by Jake Brennan, is a no-holds-barred podcast that delves into the private, and sometimes violent, lives of popular musicians. Not even a year old, the program has already earned a place as #7 on the “Top Podcasts” chart released by Apple Podcasts.
You’ve heard it hundreds of times; the distant wailing that accompanies nightmares on the television screen. The not-quite-human sound has been haunting movie audiences and music lovers for more than forty years. It’s not a synthesizer, but the very real and unsettling call of the waterphone.