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Gord Peteran’s Musical Box, commissioned by the Glenn Gould Foundation for its Glenn Gould Prize in 1996, is a machine for testing sounds. Its mechanisms are each operated by a brass and ebony knob. One internal device is a globe containing smooth rocks from the bottom of a fish tank, which swish together when the globe is turned. There is a crude xylophone, an even cruder geared music box, a contraption consisting of different lengths of metal rod that strike a piece of plastic when they are rotated, and a reed sounded by a homemade bellows. Turn another knob, and a single string is plucked by a Fender guitar pick. The box does for music what Peteran’s work normally does for furniture—isolating the medium’s basic premises and freezing them in a state of arrested development.