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Broadland Boy

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Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:01:11 PM »

Extract from the writings of Charles Babbage, (Grandfather of computing) in 1864 - is there any earlier written ancestry to our being pilloried ?

Street Nuisances

During the last ten years, the amount of street music has so greatly
increased that it has now~become a positive nuisance to a very considerable
portion of the inhabitants of London. It robs the industrious of time; it
annoys the musical man by its intolerable badness; it irritates the invalid;
deprives the patient, who at great inconvenience has visited London for
the best medical advice, of that repose which, under such circumstances,
is essential for his recovery, and it destroys the time and energy of all
the intellectual classes of society by its continual interruptions of their
pursuits.

Instruments of torture permitted by the Government to be in daily
and nightly use in the streets of London:
Organs
Brass bands
Fiddlers
Harps
Harpsichords
Hurdy-gurdies
Flageolets
Drums
Bagpipes
Accordians
Halfpenny whistles
Tom-toms
Trumpets
Shouting out object for sale
Religious canting
Psalm - singing
I have very frequently been disturbed by such music after twelve
o'clock at night. Upon one occasion, a brass band played, with but few
and short intermissions, for five hours.
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Re: Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 03:04:05 PM »

Sounds like a bloody folk festival to me.  :||: :|||: :M :Ph :|bl :|glug
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Re: Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 04:50:58 PM »

However, the musicians fought back by playing loudly outside his house, in large numbers.
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Re: Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 05:29:08 PM »

A bit later than your reference ( 1894) ,.. 

commentator, writing of Dundee
in 1894, stressed the popularity of the hand-held free-reed instruments in the city:
Concertinas and melodeons are as common as blackberries and the twilight hours are filled with their melody, poured forth by the
enamoured youth at the stair-foot of his senorita’s seven- floor tenement.

( from stuart eydmann's article on concertinas)
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Re: Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 07:37:49 PM »

Typical nerd!  :(  :||: :||: + more!
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Re: Victorian Complaint on Accordian noise
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 12:19:26 AM »

It would be nice of among Melnetters there was a member of the Royal Society with Journal access, the ultimate would be of Wheatstone's playing being moaned about by one of his peers as him above said (the almighty Chris as opposed to THE Almighty)  :||: :||: :||: :||: >:E
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