The International Association of Mechanical Music Preservationists (IAMMP) is a group of volunteers dedicated to archival preservation of century old automatic music regardless of media or format, be they paper rolls, brass rolls, or cardboard book music.
Our official website is at http://www.iammp.org
Music rolls, developed in the mid to late 1800's, were used in player reed organs, push-up piano players, player pianos, and similar instruments. Much of this music is in danger of being lost as the media continues to deteriorate by simple age alone. IAMMP members are constructing electronic scanners, based on the pioneering work of Richard Stibbons, to convert the punched paper music into digital form.
The digital files are being archived and converted to appropriate data formats to be played on the computer, solenoid operated instruments or, in a different form, used to operate pneumatic instruments through e-valve interface, or perforators to create fresh rolls of original accuracy.
Membership in this group is open to anyone who has an interest in helping to preserve our unique slice of mechanical music heritage. Use of the information contained in this e-group is primarily for hobby purposes.
The spirit and intent of this group is mutual support and exchange of files and information in a positive manner. The group shall not be used as a sounding board for personal criticism for whatever reason. Such discussions are to be resolved off-line, else such postings will simply be removed.
Certain commercial uses of the information may be permitted, as described in the group's charter. For access to the group's charter, music and technical databases, set your browser to www.iammp.org.
Because of recent spamming to the list, membership must be approved by the moderators. Valid contact information must appear in your Yahoo profile for new member approval.