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Thunder machine, thunder sheet

James Blades and James Holland

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online, issue Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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An instrument for special effects used to produce an imitation (or evocation) of thunder (all types are classified as idiophones). One form is a revolving drum partly filled with balls of hard material: a modification of the ‘bronteron’ used in theatres for thunder behind the scenes. In the bronteron, either pebbles were poured into a large metal vessel, or bags filled with stones were flung against a metal surface, or lead balls were dropped on

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Subjects: Music

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