Melody Farm

My two sisters (and five of my nine nieces & nephews) live in Pukerua Bay, the next suburb over from my place in Plimmerton. And knowing me & my obsessions as they do, they always let me know when they are doing something I might be interested in, which is why this afternoon I got to go visit an audio museum by the name of…

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The lovely elderly couple who own Melody Farm have done so for 50+ years, and in its heyday regularly had busloads of visitors… Nowadays they are nearing the age of making the inevitable/unenviable shift to a retirement village, but their enthusiasm has not diminished one iota… So this afternoon we got a grand tour of their fantastic collection!

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Beautiful old turntables & acoustic amplifiers!

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And the coolest jukebox I have ever seen!

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They also had a formidable collection of player pianos!

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Every time I see a player piano score my mind does a triple flip: am I looking at [a] a knitting machine pattern [b] an early 80s punch card computer program or [c] a musical score. I am less interested in the answer & more interested in the idea of a genius hacker/composer who can only be identified by the cut of their jersey…

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I was impressed with this player piano external add on & started imagining lining up percussion instruments beneath its hammers…

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While it wasn’t intentional, visiting this museum on the same day as Apples big little new product announcements had me thinking about user interfaces…

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These archaic devices have far better user interfaces than any silly watch! (Is it not ironic that I stopped wearing a watch the day I started always carrying a cellphone?)

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There is simply no denying the physical, emotional and acoustic character of analogue equipment.

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..seeing this beautiful little valve amp made my imagination kick in & wonder what it would sound like, with my SH101 plugged in & cranked up to 11….

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or the melancholic anthropomorphism of this radio: its almost pleading to be turned on, and listened to…

2 Responses to Melody Farm

  1. Michael Clemets says:

    Hi
    My brother Leon and his wife Yvonne are now in Whitby Rest Home and Hospital and so the Melody Farm Museum is closed. There is a family renting there though to look after things.
    Regards
    Michael Clements Ph: 478-9060.

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