Instruments: Lily's Machine

Committing the sounds of music to paper is like trying to bottle a moon beam. It is an elusive and often per- plexing art. The mechanics of inscribing notations, for one thing, is such a tedious and time-consuming task that for centuries composers and musicians have been searching for an easier and faster way of writing music. Now Brit ain's Imperial Typewriter Co. Ltd. is of fering just that — a typewriter that types music.

Scheduled for world distribution some time next fall at a price of about $700, the.Musikriter consists of a stand...

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