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The Musical Instrument Series was curated by Musical Instruments Museum Online: MIMO

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Seeing is Believing: the Trick of the Trompe l’oeil in Art

Trompe l’oeil, means to ‘deceive the eye’. It's a fantastic bit of trickery that makes us think we're seeing something other than what's really there. How did it get started? Well, it started with a bet...
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Category: Arts

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Exploring Instruments: Instrument Makers

Instrument makers have ranged from the individual who occasionally makes instruments through to the mass production of factories. The most highly prized instruments have generally come from small businesses, typically with a proprietor (who would give his name to the firm), a small number of skilled employees and one or two apprentices.
MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

Category: Music

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Exploring Instruments: Celebrity Instruments

With very few exceptions, musical instruments never bear the mark of their owner, even if well-known. From the nineteenth century, however, with the appearance of the cult of the virtuoso artist, a fetishistic value was given to any objects these individuals had owned, thus materialising the artist’s aura. This trend was developed and amplified in the popular music of the twentieth century and the instruments of rock bands, for example, are now sought as iconic objects. The few celebrity instruments we know provide us with significant examples of the sonority and the opportunities they could offer in their time.

MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Category: Music

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Exploring Instruments: Instrument Design

Throughout their history musical instruments have combined their role of sound-producing tools with symbolic and decorative functions, both social and religious. Precious materials, elaborate shapes and decorations have been used in all cultures at different times to confer special nobility on to individual instruments, to make them attractive to collectors or travellers, or sometimes to demonstrate the outstanding skills of the maker while not necessarily serving any specific musical purpose.

MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Category: Music

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Exploring Instruments: Creatures

Musical instruments in the shape of creatures have been produced for many centuries. Fish, snakes, birds, mythical beasts and, of course, human beings are all reflected in the various forms and give musical instruments a lively, sometimes mysterious or even frightening expression. There are many reasons for these unusual designs, not just aesthetic preferences or trend!

MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Category: Music

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Exploring Instruments: Experimental Instruments

The art of the instrument maker has always relied on a subtle alliance between respect for tradition and the need for experimentation. Whether related to ergonomics, accuracy of inntonation, dynamics or variety of timbre, research has shaped musical instruments over time, adapting them to the evolution of taste, the imagination of composers and changes in playing style.

MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Category: Music

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Exploring Instruments: Rites & Cultures

All over the world musical instruments are an essential part of cultural life; as well as making music, they serve specific purposes related to non musical contexts. In many religious rituals, for instance, musical instruments are indispensable. Made from solid material they enable man to touch the immaterial. This section will give a few examples to illustrate the important role that musical instruments play in religious and agricultural ceremonies, in the rites of the human lifecycle.

MIMO began life as a consortium of some of Europe’s most important musical instruments museums, which came together for a European Commission funded project that aimed to create a single online access point to their collections. The aim of the consortium is now to become the single access point for information on public collections of musical instruments for the entire world.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Category: Music

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European Sport Heritage: Olympics & Paralympics

Sport, like language, religion and art, is one of the fundamental things that makes humans, human. Whether you’re a professional athlete, an enthusiastic amateur, an armchair sports fan, or even a dedicated sports hater, sport plays an undeniable part in your cultural heritage.
This exhibition NoteStream explores some of the great sporting events of Europe today, such as the Olympics and the Paralympics. Other NoteStreams in this series will cover UEFA Champions Cup, as well as lesser-known ancient sports like the extraordinary Gladiator and Naumachia Games and the traditional Scottish Highland Games.
You can also find out what it means to be a football fan, take a look at some great photos of Europe’s famous players.
So, what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go!
All story texts in the exhibition are CC-BY-SA

Category: Sports

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European Sport Heritage: Famous European Sports

Sport, like language, religion and art, is one of the fundamental things that makes humans, human. Whether you’re a professional athlete, an enthusiastic amateur, an armchair sports fan, or even a dedicated sports hater, sport plays an undeniable part in your cultural heritage.
This exhibition NoteStream explores some of the great sporting events of Europe today: from boxing to cricket to tennis, skiing and rugby. Other NoteStreams in this series will cover UEFA Champions Cup, Olympics and Paralympics, as well as lesser-known ancient sports like the extraordinary Gladiator and Naumachia Games and the traditional Scottish Highland Games.
You can also find out what it means to be a football fan, and take a look at some great photos of Europe’s famous players.
So, what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go!
All story texts in the exhibition are CC-BY-SA

Category: Sports

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European Sport Heritage: Football

Sport, like language, religion and art, is one of the fundamental things that makes humans, human. Whether you’re a professional athlete, an enthusiastic amateur, an armchair sports fan, or even a dedicated sports hater, sport plays an undeniable part in your cultural heritage.
In this exhibition NoteStream you'll find out what it means to be a football fan, and take a look at some great photos of Europe's famous players.
Other NoteStreams in this series will cover some of the great sporting events of Europe today, such as the Olympics and the Paralympics, as well as lesser-known ancient sports like the extraordinary Gladiator and Naumachia Games and the traditional Scottish Highland Games.
So, what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go!
All story texts in the exhibition are CC-BY-SA

Category: Sports

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European Sport Heritage: Ancient Games

Sport, like language, religion and art, is one of the fundamental things that makes humans, human. Whether you’re a professional athlete, an enthusiastic amateur, an armchair sports fan, or even a dedicated sports hater, sport plays an undeniable part in your cultural heritage.
In this exhibition NoteStream we'll learn about lesser-known ancient sports like the extraordinary Gladiator and Naumachia Games, and the traditional Scottish Highland Games. Other NoteStreams in this series will cover some of the great sporting events of Europe today, such as the Olympics and the Paralympics, as well as what it meas to be a football fan.
So, what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, go!
All story texts in the exhibition are CC-BY-SA

Category: Sports

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