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Site Specific Sound Art för Harplinge Windmill, Sweden

The Swedish artist Mikael Ericsson have been working on this
large scale installation for two years. The main idea is to give the windmill a completely new function and identity. The machinery of the windmill have been connected to a self playing pipe organ that produces sounds from the wind. The Millophone will be a permanent installation.

Millophonia is a permanent sound installation for Harplinge windmill and a living process where the visitors can take part in the developing of the sound machine. The project is conducted by Harp Art Lab, Sweden

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A short technical description of Millophonia and how it works:
The sails of the windmill generates energy that is transfered into a series of bellows that blow air into hundreds of organ pipes. To control the sound the machine use a pneumatic mechanism that operates the pipe organ action via pre-programmed piano rolls of perforated paper.

This technique was first introduced by Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752--1834) in his famous weaving machines and this invention had a deep influence on the English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage who originated the concept of a programmable computer. Considered a "father of the computer", Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex designs.

Harp Art Lab | Sweden