Musical Organ Created Only From Paper

Published April 12, 2019 15,595 Plays

Rumble Paper is an incredibly versatile medium. Beyond helping to record daily jots and scribbles, or allowing you to get a Blade Runner origami vibe going, we have seen it used to make a flat-packed microscope, help save a cyclist's head and give a Fender guitar a lightweight grooved body, head, and neck.

Continuing the latter's musical theme, Software developer Aliaksei Zholner, 33 from Minsk, Belarus used nothing more than some paper, cardboard, balloons and a pile of books in order to replicate the iconic sounds of the classic musical, Phantom of The Opera.

You might, at first, think of those pianos and organs you had to find in concert halls and music rooms. Those musical instruments defy classification, exhibiting the traits of both stringed instruments as well as percussion.

There is, however, also a cousin of the piano that is similarly odd. Aliaksei has wowed us before with his miniature V-8 engine and now brings his crafty talents to the musical realm with this working paper organ.

The tiny organ has eighteen functional buttons that create sounds with the aid of corresponding reeds, and of course a pipe organ cannot function without air flow, Zholner solves this problem with a large balloon. Using the same principles of how a classical organ works, Aliaksei, crafted the tongue, tuning wire and reed pipes all from paper, while using air pressure and vibrations to create sweet music from his small but powerful instrument.

Aliaksei said: “I have been creating functioning paper models since 2010. “The whole idea is to show that it is possible to create more than just static objects, but also ‘working’ things from the paper “It took me about a month or so to finish the organ. “I get a variety of reactions from people. “Some people say it is a complete waste of time, while other people think it is awesome.”

The first Paper Organ Kit was created by Benjamin Hurdle in 1990, he won a national competition to produce a working model made only of paper and cardboard. His entry was an ingenious Paper Organ Kit. His initial design was later professionally produced on sheets of quality card and paper in full color by a Dutch printing firm.

However, for Aliaksei, it was a product of passion, and perhaps even love. Sadly, it is one of those projects that cannot be so easily recreated, even by the original maker himself. As such, anyone wishing to go on this journey will have to work from just a few photos only.