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Weird instruments: the glass (h)armonica
And it was invented by Benjamin Franklin!
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This website has trained me to hear the autism their voices.
This is pretty awesome!
"where you from?"
"Tiawan? How about A CHINESE song 'purple baboo'"
She probably says the same thing to every Asian person that watches her perform.
"Korean?! How about a Chinese song, 'Purple Bamboo'"
I secretly hope it's because she knows Taiwan is the only remaining part of the Republic of China.
It was thought to make you mad due to the leaded crystal they used to use.
Awesome - I have an album of Glass Harmonica music and I knew a bit about its weird history but somehow I'd actually never seen it action before. ***** A++
Additional fun history:
The "It makes you mad!" thing actually stemmed out of a dispute after Ben Franklin sat on Louis XVI's council deposition against Anton Mesmer, of Mesmerism.
Ben Franklin took a dim view of Mesmerism, and in response, Mesmer started the madness rumors.
Convulsions in dogs and cats, marital disputes, MASS HYSTERIA!
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