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Wind machine [aeoliphone]locked

  • James Blades
  •  and James Holland

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A friction idiophone. It is used on the stage and elsewhere to produce the sound of the wind. It consists of either a barrel framework covered with silk or coarse canvas which rubs against the slats as the barrel is rotated, or an electric fan in which the blades are replaced by lengths of cane. In each case a rise and fall in volume and pitch is gained by a rise and fall in the speed of rotation, and in the case of the barrel by a tightening and loosening of the fabric. The same subtleties of sound are not available with an electric wind machine, which has the further disadvantage of producing a low-pitched but discernible hum when the machine is turned on but not in use: the hum may be audible when the orchestra is playing ...

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