Restored silent movie instrument demonstrated in Rapid City

Dakota Digest - 05/04/2012

By Victoria Wicks

A relic from the days of silent movies is meeting up with modern technology on the stage at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. The Cremona photo player is an instrument used to provide music and sound effects for silent movies. Sensors inside the instrument record keystrokes and foot pedals to make a computer program. For today’s Dakota Digest, SDPB’s Victoria Wicks speaks with the two men who are working to make this happen.

Photos by Victoria Wicks: 1. Mike Edwards 2. Dave Calendine 3-4-5-6 Components of the instrument

1A Mike Edwards 2B Dave Calendine 3c 4D 5E 6F

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