A historical study and mechanical classification of ancient music-playing automata

  title={A historical study and mechanical classification of ancient music-playing automata},
  author={Yuan Chen and Marco Ceccarelli and Hong-Sen Yan},
  journal={Mechanism and Machine Theory},
Abstract The mechanical music automata have been developed since thousands years ago for mimicking sound of animals or playing a melody. They are documented and/or preserved in many countries, with solutions that reflect the evolution of mechanical manufacture and technology in these areas. In this article, a timeline of the ancient literature in both western and eastern countries is arranged to clarify the historical development of music-playing automata. The functional mechanical design… Expand
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