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Zimbelstern

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Uploaded on Oct 15, 2010

My first attempt at a device called a Zimbelstern(Bell Star). Zimbelsterns are common on Northern European (especially German) pipe organs dating from the 16th through the 18th centuries. It is used to provide a shimmering background noise behind music of a lighter nature using only a few soft stops on the organ. This works particularly well with some of the lighter Baroque contrapuntal works. The early designs are wind driven, of course, with the rotary motion resulting from organ wind driving a small paddle wheel. This one is driven by a small gear reduction electric motor in the base. I have some refining yet to do, as this is a prototype, but the basic concept is apparent.

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