By David Pantalony

Rudolph Koenig used to be one of many extra prolific and vibrant device makers within the popular nineteenth-century precision device exchange of Paris. starting his profession as a violin maker, in 1858 the younger Prussian immigrant shifted his skills in the direction of the becoming box of acoustics. Altered Sensations is a portrait of his vivid 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 lecturers. utilizing archival and assortment examine from throughout North American and Europe, David Pantalony has traced the cloth and social impacts of this area at the improvement of recent acoustics. particularly, he has particular the style during which Koenig transformed, 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 around the globe. the second one element of 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 pragmatic consultant for curators and researchers in addition to a accomplished review of nineteenth-century acoustical perform.

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