Acoustic Resonator


This large and complex device, which resolves the timbre of a sound in such a way that the information can be seen, consists of eight Helmholtz resonators, each connected to a gas jet, and a four-sided rotating mirror. It was designed and made by Rudolph Koenig in Paris. It came from the Smithsonian Instrument Room, and was probably purchased by Joseph Henry, the physicist who served as founding Secretary of the Institution.

Ref: Rudolph Koenig, Catalogue des Appareils d’Acoustique (Paris, 1865), p. 46.

Maker: Koenig, Rudolph

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: France: Île-de-France, Paris

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.314583Accession Number: 205890Catalog Number: 314583

Object Name: acoustic resonator

Measurements: overall: 35 1/4 in x 29 3/4 in x 13 in; 89.535 cm x 75.565 cm x 33.02 cm


Record Id: nmah_1814384

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