Tue, 20 May 2003 17:40:41 GMT

The steam-powered drum machine. The steam-powered drum machine – an astonishing extract from the journal of Charles Franklin, the founder of the London Museum of Techno. Written in 1894, Franklin describes a steam-powered drum machine and what may have been the world's first rave. “Driven by the thunderous rhythms of Hoovenaars tremendous “drum machine” the crowd – academics and dockers, architects and cobblers – were whipped into a frenzy, dancing and screaming like savages until sunrise, when the Machine finally ground to a halt with a suffering hiss.” [MetaFilter]

hah, this is great! human's don't change much