Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody Played On A 100+ Year Old Fairground Organ

January 9, 2017

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This is a video of an old fairground organ performing Queen's classic Bohemian Rhapsody, after it was arranged by Alexy Rom as a paper roll readable version for the organ. It does a great job. That thing has got some pipes! I mean, it is a pipe organ after all. I bet that's where that phrase originated. I'm a real detective. I wish I had a fairground organ. I've always felt like I kinda belong in a traveling carnival. "Part of the freak show?" Depends, is the strong man part of the freak show? "You are not a strong man." Wanna arm wrestle? "When was the last time you washed your hands?" What day is today? "Then no." You're just scared!

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Stephanie B, who dreams of getting to push the keys to a giant pipe organ one day. Same here, maybe we should bucket list together. "I'd rather not." That's cool, that's cool.

  • Tom327Cat

    Best karaoke music ever!

  • Jenness

    The percussion and full orchestrated sound to reproduce with such clarity and complexity is absolutely astounding to me. The amount of musical, mechanical, woodworking, artistic design, metalworking genius and passion for each area to create a masterpiece like this is just so awe inspiring to me. It's as breathtaking now as it was when it was created, and in fact, in a world of disposable everything, I feel probably even more than when it was created.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Imagine the tedious fuckery that went into making the punch paper. Fuck that shit. Fuck it twice!

    You could build a tiny arduino controlled robot to play this big machine and have the music automatically transcribed from audio source... The fact that's possible is at least as amazing as the fact that these player things existed with such complexity.

  • Jenness

    Yes but tiny arduino controlled robots are so meh and not pretty. Does the robot have 24kt gold leafing? Did tiny children die while reaching with their teensy starved hands into its insides just to twist a wooden dowel at the precise amount of turns to product a sound they'd never grow up to hear? How can I honor the memory of children who died for art with a robot?!? I REJECT your admittedly safer, un-creepy, less offensive and non abusive child-murdering technology.

  • GeneralDisorder

    If you have the money to pay for it, I'm sure you could make that all happen. The gold leafing is the cheap part.

    I mean, there's nothing wrong with the old machine other than the fact it uses a fairly delicate storage medium. I'm just looking to replace the storage medium with a gold leaf child murdering robot. I don't want to stop using the old mechanical instrument because the cool factor is fucking great.

    Although thanks to our forefathers learning how to wrangle angry pixies we could build an arduino orchestra that's half the size of this thing.

    If you're looking for space saving you can get a decent bluetooth audio device with build in battery that can play for hours and fits into a JNCO jeans pocket.

  • Anonyknows

    The percussion and full orchestrated sound to reproduce with such clarity and complexity is absolutely astounding to me. The amount of musical, mechanical, woodworking, artistic design, metalworking genius and passion for each area to create a masterpiece like this is just so awe inspiring to me. It's as breathtaking now as it was when it was created, and in fact, in a world of disposable everything, I feel probably even more than when it was created.

  • Jenness? Is this your anonymous account?

  • Mike Heiman

    This is some Westworld shit!

  • Anonyknows

    I love Westworld!! So bummed it's over until next season - and you're right, this would be perfect for the saloon.

  • These old crazy music machines seem like they existed in another world.

    My ex was kind of a disneyland historian and she told me a sad story of the music machine that was at the park since around the time it opened that was almost 100 years old. (Google tells me it may have been the Welte Orchestrion, but there were others similar like the american fotoplayer that played multiple instruments in a single machine. )

    Anyway she said the only guy in the world who could fix it (the son of the only other guy who worked on them) was getting old and retiring. Once he stopped being able to fix it... they'd just get rid of it. So he kept showing up and working on them as long as he could. So many crazy old things like that, that no one has really even seen or heard of that eventually are just lost and forgotten.

  • Check this MF'r out: https://youtu.be/SF4BWllUEO0

  • Jenness

    Holy Cow! That's amazing!!

  • David Shire

    I like that half of what it does is make 'crash' and 'honk' sounds

  • Love it.

  • Doog

    The feed paper makes me think of Mario Paint Composer videos.

  • Richard H Sanford

    I think I'd rather hear it played on some enormous church organ, something like is seen in one of those massive, ancient gothic churches or something. That this is a "carnival" organ makes is feel...cheap? I mean, I know it's not, and that was a lot of work to make it play, but still.

  • Matt Fricke

    Add some led bling effects and it won't look as cheap? lol still cool

  • Richard H Sanford

    Heh, maybe "cheap" wasn't the right word since this instrument is also huge and complex.

    And, when you think about it, it already has bling all over it. Just not bling from the 21st century. ;-)

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