Scientific Musical Instrument Challenge & Glass Harmonica
By Julian Dyer
>[ But why is Ben Franklin's 'Armonica' considered scientific?
The "Local Heroes" program said it was invented after Franklin saw
someone playing on a set of tuned wine glasses, and thought that the
continuous circling motion this required was an impediment to the music
-- so he turned the glasses instead. What we would call lateral
thinking these days.
Also consider: Nesting the glass sections along the axis brought them
closer together so chords could be played using the same fingering as a
normal keyboard. I also guess that using tuned glass discs eliminated
the filling up of glasses with various amount of water, so the
instrument was more practical.
I would say that this is clearly the application of a scientific mind
to a practical problem! The trite answer to the question is that the
instrument was invented by a scientist which in some minds at least
would make it scientific!
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