Steampunk Aural Enhancer.

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Introduction: Steampunk Aural Enhancer.

Found in an antique shop, this was used to change the mood of people around you. Certain sounds when played by this device will make people break out on song and dance.
During WWI the allies used these devices to pacify their enemy.

Step 1: Download Vintage Recordings, and Get a Portable Speaker System.

The width of the speakers will determine where you need to drill the holes for your speaker horns.
I found this speaker system at a dollar store, the speakers are just under two inches apart.

I wanted to play sounds from the first era of recordings. I downloaded a bunch of recordings from the cylinder preservation project, http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/index.php Songs from the right era add to the effect I wanted.

Your software and audio player will vary, and you'll know how to download music to your player.

Step 2: Foamy Goodness.

I placed foam inside the wine box, to hold the iPod and speakers. When the lid is down, the silicone hugs the speakers. The sound does come out the horns, and the sound that leaks inside gives a warm tone to the "tinny" horns.

I recommend you all run out and start scavenging parts. I'd love to see what the rest of you come up with.

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Awesome Idea!
I love steampunk so I had to make one. Here's mine. It sounds amazing with music from 1920 to 1950.

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Great looking device. There was one at Seattle's Steampunk University last year that played 19th century music via wifi.

Neato. Though mine hardly competes with that. ha ha

I am working on another right now using bicycle horns. I'll have to post that one too once its done.

I dig it... I dig it deep

Haha cool looking. Fallout 3 has a good soundtrack for this thing btw.

 YES! Fallout 3 is probably the best game ever...

Okay, I finally bought Fallout 3.  You are so correct.

i would do that with an old plastic car horn i have, but paint them silver or something

A car horn would be a cool way to do this.

I listened to some of the old recording from the site you recommended. I found them quite interesting. They seem to have quite an effect on my mood as you discribed in the intro. I found an Instructable on here last week concerning a brainwave generator. The link is to the download. It has made me wonder what they may be doing to the music of today, as this generator can produce waves that which are carried on audio frequencies below our hearing range. Very few recording of music from present day have been able to stir the emotion of those old recording.

http://www.bwgen.com/download.htm

Thank you for the tunes.