Fotoplayer redux

Maud Nelissen introducing the Fotoplayer

A while ago the Bioscope told you about the Fotoplayer, a remarkable form of player piano with added percussion and sound effects used in the silent era to accompany films. I have now added four photographs to the post (one of which is reproduced above), plus an account of performing with the Fotoplayer, all kindly supplied by silent film musician Maud Nelissen (also the source of the previous post on The Three-Must-Get-Theres, so thanks are due doubly to her). The post also contains a mini-history of the Fotoplayer (and other photoplayers of a smiliar kind) and a delightful YouTube video of Maud playing the machine. Do take a look.

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