By David Pantalony
Rudolph Koenig was once one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision software alternate of Paris. starting his occupation as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his abilities in the direction of the starting to be 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 favored assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and academics. utilizing archival and assortment examine from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the cloth and social affects of this house at the improvement of recent acoustics. particularly, he has unique the way during which Koenig converted, prolonged, unfold and challenged Hermann von Helmholtz's Sensations of Tone.
A huge a part of the learn on Koenig comes from the particular items of his workshop which live on in museums and collections world wide. the second one component to Altered Sensations presents a list Raisonné of Koenig’s whole line of tools, together with their heritage, information from particular examples, destinations, and references within the literature. This catalogue will function a realistic consultant for curators and researchers in addition to a finished review of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.
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Altered Sensations: Rudolph Koenig’s Acoustical Workshop in Nineteenth-Century Paris: 24 (Archimedes) by David Pantalony