Do you like those tiny automatic musical instruments you can wind up and listen to their adorable jingling tunes? Or your grandma’s dancing ballerina music box? Or the wooden cable car model you have got from your uncle, playing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”? If so, this overgrown hybrid of a music box and a…
Every time I see a mechanical music box my jaw drops. But when I saw these extraordinary pieces, by 18th century master watchmaker Jaquet Droz, I couldn't believe they worked mechanically and not by magic spell. The level of precision and complexity is mind-blowing.
This pig-shaped music box made it aboard one of the Titanic's lifeboats and played for hours while the ship sank. Now, thanks to the magic of computed tomography, we can listen to the pig's eerie tune.
It's probably one of the most expensive ways to promote yourself we've ever seen, but there's no doubt that experimental musician Richard Eigner's music box business cards leave a lasting impression on whoever's lucky enough to receive one.
I'm not saying this chair—complete with its 11 fully functioning music boxes—isn't cool (because it definitely is). But it's tough to argue this thing isn't the definition of random (because it definitely is).
RCA has all your needs of yesteryear covered with their DRC8335 "Full Recording Solution" DVD/VCR combo. NTSC and ATSC TV tuners have your new- and old-school programs under control. Play and record VHS and DVD media with the touch of a button for $250 this April. More ancient technologies (and one modern one)…