Object, Instrument, Technology

Picture: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

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“Handmade Paper Waterfall Plot: Beethoven’s 8Th Symphony (1)”. n.d.
Object, Instrument, Technology

This photograph shows a three-dimensional representation of sound using paper. The spectrum (frequencies from low to high) is represented by an arrangement of single strips of paper, with lower frequencies in the foreground. The changes in the spectrum over time are visible as variations in the profile of the paper strips, if read from left to right. Such paper models were used at the Technische Universität Berlin in the 1960s to represent the sounds of speech (phonetics) and music (acoustics).

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MPIWG,. n.d. “Metal Monochord From The Charité Collection”.
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MPIWG,. 2018. “Wooden Monochord From The Physiology Of Hearing Collection”. Hermann von Helmholtz.