Origin of the Organ

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Ctesibius, whose discoveries include elasticity, the water clock, and the water organ, a type of pipe organ the third century BCE, created an instrument called the hydraulis, a mechanical flute that used wind pressure regulated by water pressure on a set of pipes played in the arenas of the Roman empire. This laid the foundation for the invention of the organ.

Episode Credits

  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Host
  • Tom Blain Technical Director

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