January 17, 2022. The Carousel Debuts

In 2016-2017 I was engrossed in constructing and enhancing a street organ.  Following the street organ, I have been focused on creating automata.  Automata seem to be a very natural way for me to express myself.  I love designing and creating automata.

I have found myself playing my street organ in public twice a month or so.  It is time that I really appreciate.  I’m able to make people happy by playing music for them.

In November 2021 I decided that my next automata project would be an enhancement for my street organ.  I wanted to add something that would touch people’s hearts, that would make them happy.  I decided on adding a carousel and as that project progressed I realized that I would have room for two ‘side shows’, one to either side of the carousel.

Several years ago I had purchased a batch of carousel animals off of eBay.  My wife selected five of the animals for the carousel and the build started.  The process consisted of creating the mechanics (the carousel, the gears, environment, etc), the electronics (the motor, microprocessor, etc), and the actual mount to the organ.

Yesterday I was able to perform in public with the carousel for the first time.  I don’t have the electronics refined to the point where I am satisfied, but am able to run the carousel non-stop, which is what I did.

I’m pleased to say that the public did notice the carousel.  People expressed interest and appreciation.  The carousel has proven to be a positive addition to the street organ.

For the next half-year or so I will be enhancing the carousel with animated figures and sideshows.

Happy New Year everyone!


The Carousel is mounted to the front of the street organ. 3 January 2022.