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The Lynch Family were renowned for using many unusual instruments, including handbells, organ chimes, glasses, and a metallophone (‘the Marimba Resonators’). This latter instrument, described as ‘the only instrument of its kind in the world’,…

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This multimedia concert included a selection of works that investigated new timbral qualities possible in experimental music, and satirised traditional dramatic and musical performance practice. It included John Seal’s Attention Joe Brown! Who…

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Box percussion instruments created by John Seal were used by each APE member in a variety of performances.
For the performance of John Seal’s Structures at the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord at St Peter’s Church, East…

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Percy Grainger visited the musical halls of London in the decade before World War I, experiencing for the first time the sounds of the mallet percussion instruments used in jazz. To enrich his knowledge of these instruments, Grainger developed an…

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Grainger enjoyed ‘liberty of the factory’ of J.C. Deagan, as he worked closely with the instrument maker to develop instruments specific to the new orchestral timbres he was seeking to create. In this letter, Deagan writes to Grainger regarding…

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This tuning fork was manufactured by Deagan. It is inscribed on the back ‘ J.C. Deagan. Official pitch of A.F. of M. 1917 Adopted by US Gov't. 1920’. J. C. Deagan, was a musician and expert in the science of acoustics. He wrote many papers on the…

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Deagan gave the name ‘Marimbaphone’ to a series of models equipped with rotating or tilting frames, and bars with concave ends. They came in various sizes and were made with both rosewood and steel bars. The purpose of this feature was to play…

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This is a Deagan master ‘lite wate’ xylophone, adapted from earlier models and produced during World War II. It is made from Honduras rosewood, timber, and cardboard. Designed around portability, this small 3 octave xylophone is a one-piece unit…
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