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Invitation to visit Clockwork Music


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

Barb’ra Allen

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.


Beautiful Dreamer

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.


Amazing Grace

Navy Hymn

Nearer, My God, to Thee

Simple Gifts

We Gather Together


The Christmas Carol Collection

Religious Christmas songs from the 19th century.


Coventry Carol

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

Silent Night

We Three Kings


The Winter Carol Collection

Secular songs for the Winter holiday season, from the 19th century


Auld Lang Syne

Deck the Halls

Gloucestershire Wassail

Here We Come A-Wassailing

Jingle Bells

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,

MacKnight Culdesac

Proprietor of Clockwork Music


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  1. Orpheus Angkarn Orpheus Angkarn August 17, 2011

    The Babbage Anthem is everyone picks their favorite song and sings it all at once to any tune at any tempo…. wait, no, thats Hogwart’s School Song… my mistake ;-)

  2. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk August 17, 2011

    there’s two songs i could point to as ‘most likely’s

    Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen

    Industrial Revolution by Kevin Macleod, which, by a curious turn of events (see ), he also did a music box version of called Industrial Musicbox.


    • MacKnight Culdesac MacKnight Culdesac August 19, 2011

      Thank you, Mr. Tenk.  The Kevin MacLeod piece is wonderful and ALMOST works when simplified to what this music box can handle.  The Leonard Cohen song is porbably not public domain, so I’m hesitant to include it.

  3. Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 17, 2011

    Here are some French Belle Epoque ‘common’ songs:

    Le Chat Noir
    Le Voyage a Robinson
    Fermons Nos Reaux
    Le Fiacre
    Quand On Vous Aime Comme Ca
    Madame Arthur
    Quand La’Amour Meurt
    La Vale Brune
    De Place En Place
    Fleur De Ble Noir
    Si Tu Le Veux
    La Paimpolaise
    Le Temps Des Cerises

    • MacKnight Culdesac MacKnight Culdesac August 19, 2011

      Thank you, Dr. Cyberusfaustus.  I am searching for French and German songs now, although I can’t yet find any recordings or MIDI files of these French songs online (except for Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay, which is actually an American minstrel song).  If you could point me in the right direction, I would be extremely grateful.

      I have assembled a Mozart collection (which should be available soon), and I’m working on a collection of German folk songs.

      • Dr. Cyberusfaustus Dr. Cyberusfaustus August 20, 2011

        Perhaps starting with salon music might be a tad easier:

        This was done by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Satie, and that American – Gottschalk…


        midis of such pieces from the first three ought to be relatively easy to find… otherwise… perhaps I need to start making midis again…

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