Punch,  41 (1861), 235.

Music Without Noise



News-Commentary, Drollery


Music, Instruments, Invention

    Puzzled by a handbill for 'AZÉMAR'S SILENT PRACTICE DRUM', explains that it has 'all the advantages of a real one for purposes of practice, but is also free from all the disadvantages of a drum which [...] makes a noise'. Goes on to explain how the instrument enables the drummer to develop accurate beating (principally by the vibrations transmitted from the drum to the leg). Considers the benefits of making silent versions of other instruments, and suggests that Mr Azémar and Charles Babbage should collaborate on such inventions.

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