Foepertjes Machine

Toot-Machine: The Foepertjes Machine served as the trophy of the Jan Hanlo Essay Prize.

A six-minute audio-recording from 1965 was the starting point for the construction of the Foepertjes Machine. In this recording Jan Hanlo talks about two signal-horns that he bought in a department store in Heerlen. He was touched by the subtle tonal variation of the horns. This inspired him to compose what is now known as the Foepertjes Symphony. The Foepertjes Machine is a 40 by 40 by 40 centimeter musicalbox that utilizes five horns. The cams that activate the tooting-mechanism can be placed in different positions on the rotating cylinder to alter the composition.

A review by Vrij Nederland can be found here.