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- Created 2012-04-11
) (early types are sometimes called
) is a type of
blown by air, where the power source pushing the air is derived by water from a natural source (e.g. by a
) or by a manual pump. Consequently, the water organ lacks a
On the water organ, since the 15th century, the water is also used as a source of power to drive a mechanism similar to that of the
, which has a pinned barrel that contains a specific song to be played. The
in ancient Greek is often imagined as an automatic organ, but there is no source evidence for it. One of the oldest automatic instruments known is the automatic flute player invented by
brothers in 9th-century Arabia.
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