My parents have an old restored pianola that plays music it reads from a perforated roll of paper.
I’ve been thinking it’d be a fun project to:
a) write a script of some sort that can convert midi files into a pianola / barrel organ / other format
b) use a glowforge pro to cut the holes for one of these rolls, it’d take a while to do but would be a lot of fun to be able to ‘print’ our own songs!
Here’s an example that shows a barrel organ reading a song roll:
and another one of a pianola doing a similar thing:
Does anyone else here have access to one of these instruments?