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  • n. Plural form of calliope.


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  • These machines -- calliopes, nickelodeons, and German jahrmarkt organs -- were visually juxtaposed in fast crosscuts, their sounds mixed with those of the more conventional violin, piano, accordion and banjo, all of them deconstructed via musical sampler that detuned, altered, and arranged the rhythmic whimsy into an "imaginary orchestra" soundtrack.

    Rodney Punt: Annie Gosfield in Concert -- The Industrial Age Goes Avant-Garde

  • I have always been fascinated by the sound of calliopes, even as a kid.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Something in a Name

  • They say appreciation of this instrument is an acquired taste, but I can feel it and I know it is the same feeling that calliopes evoked in me long before I had even heard of uillean pipes.

    OpEdNews - Diary: Something in a Name

  • End of the Final Act. [… cut and grotesque hand-operated atmosphere harmonium fairground calliopes reversed steam burlesque kaleidoscopic carousel waltzing spliced organs …] … Calliope screams.

    Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite!

  • The black people were not allowed on boats, one of whose steam calliopes played “Bye, Bye Blackbird” as it pulled away.

    Nicholas von Hoffman: 1927

  • We have four species of hummingbird here: rufous, calliopes, a few black chins and the ubiquitous broadtails.

    Fool’s Paradise

  • The noisy 527s are about as conspiratorial as calliopes.


  • The site is no beauty, but the content is magnificent, with articles on miniature player pianos, steam-powered calliopes, and even amazing fakes:

    Boing Boing: June 20, 2004 - June 26, 2004 Archives

  • Over lunch Van Rijn talked about all the things he had bought and sold: toys, paintings, music boxes, steam calliopes, Old Master paintings and drawings.

    The Curse of the Sevso Silver

  • Sometimes they played music, using concertinas, small round-bellied guitars, mouth-calliopes that produced cheerful warbles and glisssndes.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262


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