By David Pantalony
Rudolph Koenig was once one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision software exchange of Paris. starting his occupation as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his abilities in the direction of the becoming box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his bright atelier, a spot of development, trade and test. For over 40 years it used to be additionally a well-liked assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and academics. utilizing archival and assortment learn from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the fabric and social affects of this area at the improvement of recent acoustics. particularly, he has targeted the style during which Koenig converted, 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 continue to exist in museums and collections worldwide. the second one component to Altered Sensations offers a list 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 consultant for curators and researchers in addition to a entire evaluation of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.
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