Discover With Wintergatan The Carillon – A 500 Year Old Mechanical Music Instrument

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Martin Mollin, member of the band Wintergatan started a new youtube series where he gives an insight into different very old mechanical music instruments from the past. In the latest episode, he check out the Carillon, a clock tower instrument from around 1550-1600. In the end, he gives also a nice improvisation on this fantastic old instrument.

Here is how Wikipedia describe the Carillon

carillon is a musical instrument that is typically housed in the bell tower (belfry) of a church or municipal building. The instrument consists of at least 23 cast bronze, cup-shaped bells, which are played serially to produce a melody, or sounded together to play a chord. A traditional manual carillon is played by striking a keyboard – the stick-like keys of which are called batons – with the fists, and by pressing the keys of a pedal keyboard with the feet. The keys mechanically activate levers and wires that connect to metal clappers that strike the inside of the bells, allowing the performer on the bells, or carillonneur/carillonist to vary the intensity of the note according to the force applied to the key.

Here is one more video from another Carillon instrument

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