Showing posts with label Harmonium. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harmonium. Show all posts

Monday, January 01, 2024

Auld Lang Syne on a Yamaha L-20D

video upload by Benjamin Dehli

"Playing an excerpt from Auld Lang Syne on a Yamaha L-20D electric harmonium / reed organ 🎹"


Happy New Year everyone!

The above video by Benjamin Dehli went up yesterday on the 31st, and I figured it would be an appropriate start to the New Year - something vintage that harkens back to the pre-synth age, but new to the site. This is actually the first post to feature the Yamaha L-20D. Aparently it's an electric harmonium as opposed to an electonics-based harmonium like the Telharmonium (click and scroll down for additional posts). If anyone knows more about the Yamaha L-20D and/or when it was released, feel free to leave a comment.

I found the following brief discripton from this forum:

"Yamaha harmonium - looks like it dates from the 60's or 70's in great condition. I've tried to find out info about these on the net for ages but there doesn't seem to be ANYTHING out there on it. This plugs into the mains and it sort of whirs up - like a mini leslie rotating speaker and when you play you can feel the wind coming out of it. It also has a sort of knee pedal that you can use to alter the volume. sometimes there's a bit of a buzz overall but it seems to depend on the day and the weather but a great vintage sound.No outputs on this but has built in speaker so would be great for micing up and recording."

There is no mention of it on Wikipedia as of this post. That said, it sounds like the electric portion powers the airflow, so it's likely closer to a classic wind based harmonium (click for additional posts) than an electronics based harmonium like the Telharmonium. Note via, "The Telharmonium can be considered the first significant electronic musical instrument and was a method of electro-magnetically synthesising and distributing music over the new telephone networks of victorian America."

I also found the following video from four years ago.

Music for a Found Harmonium (Cover) on a Yamaha L-20D

video upload by Benjamin Dehli

"Music for a Found Harmonium by Penguin Cafe Orchestra played on a Yamaha L-20D electric harmonium / reed organ. All the sounds is created with the organ and recorded with a matched pair of AKG C451E."


Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Ambient Harmonium Bina Deluxe Portable

video upload by Nicolas Melis

"Ambient Harmonium Bina Deluxe Portable
I 've recently got a Harmonium Bina Deluxe and I wanted to try recording it with some effects

Gear used : Harmonium Bina Deluxe
Mics : Behringer C2
Effects : Valhalla Shimmer
Valhalla Supermassive"

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Blood 2 - Novation Summit as a Looper Improvisation using a Jogging House fine fine preset

Published on Dec 22, 2019 -CALC-

"Jogging House has made some of the best sounding presets I've heard recently for the Novation Peak. Here is one of those patches loaded onto Summit.

This one uses the delay set to infinite feedback as a looper. The Animate switch then kills the feedback control to remove parts of the loop. It has to be one of the cleverest patches I've seen on the instrument.

I also adore the sample from Gavin Bryars "Jesus Blood never failed me yet". It is found sound of the highest quality and a quite wonderful/emotional story too. A chance snapshot of a forgotten history.

I do not own this sample or copyright and if I'm told to I will take this down (fingers crossed I'm not)."

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Harmonium V2 Demo - Bolder Sounds

Published on May 24, 2014 BolderSounds·21 videos
Re-Published on May 27, 2014 BolderSounds·22 videos

"The Harmonium version 2 video demo for NI Kontakt"

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Instruments of Robot Repair

Instruments of Robot Repair from robot repair on Vimeo.

From analog drum machines to vintage guitars, orchestral percussion to circuit-bent children's toys, 1980s Russian synthesizers to Indian harmoniums…these are the instruments of Robot Repair.

Too many labels for blogger to handle on this one: moog,, dsi, harmonium, starr labs, oberheim, kawai, Akai, breakaway, midibox, baldwin, critter and guitari, soviet, bleep labs, ekdahl, mfos, novation, suiko, roland, casio, Yamaha.

via wire to the ear.

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Juilliard Harmonium sample library from Bolder Sounds "Harmoniums of the Opera"

YouTube Uploaded by BolderSounds on Mar 2, 2012

"Video demo of Bolder Sounds "Harmoniums of the Opera" featuring the Juilliard School foot pumped harmonium from the 1840s. The video demo uses Native Instruments Kontakt 4+ software sampler."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Metropolitan Opera harmonium sample library

Metropolitan Opera harmonium sample library pt.1 Bolder Sounds

YouTube Uploaded by BolderSounds on Feb 24, 2012

"Video demo (part 1) of the "Harmoniums of the Opera" sample library from Bolder Sounds for Native Instruments Kontakt 4+."

Metropolitan Opera harmonium sample library pt.2 Bolder Sounds

Uploaded by BolderSounds on Feb 24, 2012

"Video demo (part 2) of the "Harmoniums of the Opera" sample library from Bolder Sounds for Native Instruments Kontakt 4+."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Magnus Electric Chord Organ harmonium accordion synth

via this auction

"This is a relative rarity I believe. It has one voice, which sounds just like a harmonium or an accordion. It is electric, you have to plug it in. It has a built-in internal speaker and no provision for a separate output jack to put it into a mixer, though I suppose it would be easy to hook one up, we've always just miked it. It has 12 chord buttons on the left - push down and get the chord. The list of chords on the bottom row is missing but they are obvious and if you want to you can place separate little stickers there. The case is made out of plastic and has several scratches as might be expected. The bottom is made out of particle board and has three screw-ins (one is missing) where legs used to be - it no longer has these legs but they would be easy to replace if you desire as the screw-ins look to be standard. We always have used it on top of a desk or QuikLok light-duty table. Everything works - buttons sound chords, all notes depress and play. A very psychedelic sound, especially if you run it through a phase or tremolo pedal." Update via Greg in the comments: "No internal speaker. Runs off of pure air that comes from an internal fan. Just like an accordion."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How to play Harmonium & Synthesizer - Mamta Chaturvedi

via this auction

"Ex-library copy with usual marks and stickers, good clean useable copy."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Harmonium from Delhi Musical Stores

YouTube via electricpony
"I hadn't played this for a while and realized I never made a video of it, so here it is."

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Musette Johann Sebastian Bach

YouTube via jopachelbel
"Musette,Johann Sebastian Bach,Hofberg Harmonium,"

Zwei altniederländische Weisen Samuel Scheidt

"Zwei altniederländische Weisen,1. Ach du feiner Reiter,2.Wehe,Windgen,wehe;Sam uel Scheidt,
Hofberg Harmonium."

Impromptu FranzSchubert

"Impromptu from Franz Schubert,Hofberg Harmonium,"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ / Johann Pachelbel

YouTube via jopachelbel
" This Piece i have played today on a very old Hofberg Harmonium.
i hope,it wil be repaired soon,then i like this keyboard."

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


"Mechanical Fourier Analysis and Synthesis"

click here for more info.

via sendling

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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