Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in by David Pantalony

By David Pantalony

Rudolph Koenig used to be one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision software alternate of Paris. starting his profession as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his abilities in the direction of the starting to be box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his shiny atelier, a spot of building, trade and test. For over 40 years it used to be additionally a well-liked assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and lecturers. utilizing archival and assortment learn from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the cloth and social affects of this house at the improvement of recent acoustics. particularly, he has certain the style during which Koenig transformed, prolonged, unfold and challenged Hermann von Helmholtz's Sensations of Tone.

A huge a part of the examine on Koenig comes from the particular items of his workshop which live to tell the tale in museums and collections worldwide. the second one element of Altered Sensations offers a listing Raisonné of Koenig’s complete line of tools, together with their heritage, information from particular examples, destinations, and references within the literature. This catalogue will function a pragmatic advisor for curators and researchers in addition to a finished evaluation of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.

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