Songs for music box?
March 7, 2014 1:08 PM   Subscribe

What are some original songs for music box?

I'm hoping to find recordings of original songs played on music boxes. By "original," I mean a song that was written by the artist specifically for the music box- not a recording of an existing song set to a music box.

Here are some examples of what I'm looking for:
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Transformation
Aphex Twin - Nannou
The majority of the "et les boites a musique" album by Colleen
posted by Dr-Baa to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Outlier by John Morton is mostly this.
posted by sleevener at 1:17 PM on March 7, 2014

One of the versions of Helen’s Theme on Philip Glass’s Candyman soundtrack was for music-box.

Karlheinz Stockhausen wrote a suite of 12 pieces (each related to a different Zodiac sign) called Tierkreis, with each performed by a different music-box.
posted by misteraitch at 2:39 PM on March 7, 2014

Phyllis Chen has written a lot of music for music box with other instruments.

Butch Morris wrote "Nowhere Everafter" for music box.

John Cage's Extended Lullaby was written for music box (actually 12 of them). I can't find a recording of the music box installation, but you can hear the tune played on toy piano, starting at around 4:33 (ha!) in this video. There may have been a piano version first, which I guess would disqualify it?
posted by moonmilk at 3:24 PM on March 7, 2014

A couple of the songs on Bjork's Vespertine album are built around music box melodies she wrote (and custom music box "wheel" thingies were manufactured).
posted by edlundart at 6:21 PM on March 7, 2014

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