A scholarly discussion of the residential player pipe organs that became popular in American homes at the turn of the twentieth century. As musical technology advanced at the turn of the twentieth century, affluent Americans were greeted with an expanding market of musical machines to satisfy their desires for instant entertainment. The advent and popularity of the residential pipe organ in the early twentieth century in the United States demonstrates the developing desire for high-quality music on demand and established its place as a status symbol for wealthy patrons. The article is published in the Vox Humana journal and is available free online here.
Vox Humana is a free online editorial journal that presents current ideas, trends, and research relating to the organ by leading musicians and scholars from around the world.