By David Pantalony
Rudolph Koenig used to be 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 skills in the direction of the starting to be box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his shiny atelier, a spot of development, trade and test. For over 40 years it was once additionally a well-liked assembly position for scientists, artisans, musicians and academics. utilizing archival and assortment study from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the fabric and social impacts of this house at the improvement of contemporary acoustics. specifically, he has designated 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 continue to exist in museums and collections worldwide. the second one part of Altered Sensations presents a listing Raisonné of Koenig’s whole line of tools, together with their heritage, info from particular examples, destinations, and references within the literature. This catalogue will function a realistic consultant for curators and researchers in addition to a complete 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