My serinette is an "exploded" version intended as a louder instrument for concerts. The program and all the moving parts are clearly visible to the audience. I made the bellows capacious enough to permit polyphonic music; traditional serinettes are - like canaries - monophonic.Left: the handle - missing from the above photo ...
It first performed in the concerts Mechanical Landscape with Bird directed by Aleksander Kolkowski and featuring the Kairos Quartett and 24 canaries (Belgian Wasserschläger and Spanish Timprados) together with their trainer, Helmut Mossman. It played canary song together with a selection of 18th century serinette melodies. They elicted an immediate response from the canaries!
The concert Mechanical Landscape with Bird was comissioned by the Maerzmusik Festival - Berliner Festspiele, and premiered on 28.3.2004 at the sophiensael, Berlin, Germany.The serinette also played in the concert Cheep Imitatons. It was inspired by the birds in Kolkowski's London garden. The first of several performances was given in Berlin, 2004 in Tilman Küntzel's starling project Stare über Berlin.