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I searched the halfbakery for something similar to this idea and all I found was FarmerJohns wind flute. Giving credit where it is due; this idea incorporates his.
Several musical instruments would be housed in a shelter so as not to be exposed to the elements, and mounted on a central pivot
atop a long pole.
The device would have a large weather vane to keep it facing into the wind, where a wind mill would activate the instruments. The stronger the wind blows, the faster the tempo. I picture this as being timed by a crank shaft run directly from the wind mill, while chords on the string instruments and notes on wind and percussion instruments are changed by the amount of force exerted on the weather vein. Pitot tubes would direct air to the flute or sax, and all the instruments would be tuned to one another with random but complimentary changes in pitch.
By changing the cylinder, different types and styles of music could be tailored to the owner.
Funny you should post this...
The NY Times just did an article on a wave-powered organ, and I was wondering where to post it. [DrCurry, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Mechanical Music Instruments
A good place to start on Mechanical Orchestras [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
Mechanical Music Digest's Calliope
check out the MMD Alligator Airboat Calliope at bottom [thumbwax, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
the referenced [FarmerJohn] idea [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||Perhaps I misunderstand what pitot tubes are in the general sense but, how do they direct the air?
I believe you'd change the Cylinder, not the crankshaft. To say the least, it'd be interesting to hear the orchestra range from:
<> Adagio <> Andante <> Allegretto <> Allegro <>
...in no certain order, going to Fermata and back