I, MacKnight Culdesac, would like to invite you to visit my new shop, Clockwork Music, on Rampart Road in the Academy of Industry (just North of the Academy itself). There you may try my newest invention, a Music Box that plays interchangeable discs (MIDI files).
In my travels before coming to New Babbage, I have seen musical instruments employing a technology called MIDI (which must stand for Musical Instrument Directions and Instructions, or something very similar). This MIDI technology is akin to the punched card technique developed by Monsieur Jacquard in 1801 to control his loom. The information in this MIDI format is essentially a musical score, from which the instrument may learn to perform a song.
By storing the musical score in a notecard, this Music Box is able, with only 25 individual musical tones, to play an infinite number of songs. There are currently 40 songs available, in 6 different collections (plus one Waltz, by your humble servant, inventor and musician, MacKnight Culdesac). All are available at the new Clockwork Music shop, where the Music Box will perform as many of them as you wish.
The current Music Box Disc collections include the following:
The English Traditional Collection
A collection of traditional songs from England whose composers have been lost to history.
America/God Save the Queen
Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
Early One Morning
The Music Hall Collection
A collections of songs from the English and American Music Halls of the 19th century.
Two versions of each of these songs; full version, and chorus-only version.
After the Ball
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
If it Wasn’t for the ‘Ouses In Between
Sweet Rosie O’Grady
The (Daring Young) Man on the Flying Trapeze
The Stephen Foster Collection
Songs by the 19th century American composer Stephen Foster.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(My Old) Kentucky Home
Linger in Blissful Repose
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
The Hymnal Collection
Songs from the 19th century Christian hymnal.
Nearer, My God, to Thee
We Gather Together
The Christmas Carol Collection
Religious Christmas songs from the 19th century.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Good Christian Men Rejoice (In Dulci Jubilo)
Joy to the World
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
We Three Kings
The Winter Carol Collection
Secular songs for the Winter holiday season, from the 19th century
Auld Lang Syne
Deck the Halls
Here We Come A-Wassailing
O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
More collections are expected in the near future. Suggestions for additional songs are encouraged. (No copyrighted material, please.)
Does the City-State of New Babbage have an anthem?
Here’s the SLURL:
I look forward to seeing you at Clockwork Music.
Your humble servant,
Inventor and musician,
Proprietor of Clockwork Music