An introduction to the ancient mechanical wind-instrument automata

Yu Hsun Chen, Jian Liang Lin, Hong Sen Yan

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Abstract

Mechanical music-playing automata have been made to play music or simulate animal sounds for several thousand years, the combined products of music and technology. This study introduces the musical elements and mechanical design parameters of such objects. Three types of wind-instrument automata are classified based on the sounds they make, namely the whistle, pan flute, and slide whistle type. A structural analysis of the mechanisms of four typical ancient mechanical devices is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExplorations in the History of Machines and Mechanisms - Proceedings of the 5th IFToMM Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms
EditorsMarco Ceccarelli, Carlos Lopez-Cajun
PublisherSpringer Netherland
Pages77-85
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319311821
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Event5th International Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms, HMM 2016 - Queretaro, Mexico
Duration: 2016 Jun 72016 Jun 9

Publication series

NameHistory of Mechanism and Machine Science
Volume32
ISSN (Print)1875-3442
ISSN (Electronic)1875-3426

Other

Other5th International Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms, HMM 2016
CountryMexico
CityQueretaro
Period16-06-0716-06-09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Chen, Y. H., Lin, J. L., & Yan, H. S. (2016). An introduction to the ancient mechanical wind-instrument automata. In M. Ceccarelli, & C. Lopez-Cajun (Eds.), Explorations in the History of Machines and Mechanisms - Proceedings of the 5th IFToMM Symposium on the History of Machines and Mechanisms (pp. 77-85). (History of Mechanism and Machine Science; Vol. 32). Springer Netherland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31184-5_8