This is only one of many imagined and real examples of a musical instrument designed to play colour either in juxtaposition with music, or to provide the joint experience. The Russian composer Scriabin constructed a similar instrument as did Percy Grainger and the animator Len Lye.

In Huysman's A Rebours (Against the Grain) the aesthetic hero made a keyboard that released different amounts and kinds of spirit into a glass, as an approximation of a piece of Mozart.

Rimington's Colour Organ, Cover 20 x 13 cms

Chromatic Scale in Colour and Music;
Showing Correspondences of intervals when C = lowest spectrum red.

Cutting from the Scientific American 1914


TOM DOUGLAS JONES, THE ART OF LIGHT AND COLOUR, selected illustrations, the Celeston, Sculptachrome, the Celestion etc. Scriabin, george Field, Bibliography.

Hull on Scriabin 1927, "Music and Colour"

Rimington page spreads

Marimba and Light September Popular Science 1935

Beethoven Visualised 1927 Illustrated London News

Piano colour and Music January 1935

Grand Piano Lighted Notes November 1933

Fred Bentham's Colour Organ January 1936

Morgan Russell's Kinetic Art Machine (Montclair Art Museum, Marilyn Kushner 1990)