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After many years of intense private and commercial interest in mechanical music, mainly between the years of 1950 to 1980, other endeavors took precedence. Then, in 1997 a resurgence of excitement regarding automatic music machines brought about a renewed desire to write about and further research and share some of the stories about many of my old mechanical music friends. Thus, this web site came into existence as a way of sharing my rekindled enthusiasm for automatic music, and also because of my love of working with computers as a communicative tool for sharing certain aspects of my life with others.
When this site commenced operation in 1997 it was primarily dedicated to research and data collection in regards to the J.D. Philipps Pianella / Wurlitzer PianOrchestra line of self-playing automatic orchestras. The PianOrchestra research project, as it was then called, was originally a strictly academic affair, and, as such, was committed to acquiring historical information and related stories about the companies and the people associated with various automated music machines, adding to what is already known and then sharing that information with historians and other interested parties. Later, certain aspects of the historical work evolved into making available tangible products, such as a limited series of educational custom audio compact disc albums of assorted, outstanding examples of automatic musical instruments, which included coin-in-the-slot pianos, orchestrions, dance organs, and fair organs.
Beginning in 1998, a separate section devoted entirely to understanding and applying (what I have arbitrarily termed) the fundamental Mechanics of Consciousness was added, with the intention of suggesting ways the knowledge could be put to use in practical everyday ways. This material has periodically been made available.
In April of 2003 this site was basically closed and the mechanical music history pages were transferred over to the Mechanical Music Press web site, where they reside to this day. A simple banner page with a link to the Mechanical Music Press web site was maintained after the closure, and then a few months later this single link was formalized as part of a scrolling menu and the Mechanics of Consciousness material was upgraded and re-instated on an interim basis.
In January, of 2007, a complimentary web section was added for the Hathaway Ranch Museum, which is a non-profit organization with limited funds.
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