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    Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    Ready for a retro-revolution in orchestration?

    The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is a collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy and satire.

    See it in action on YouTube:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=fPq8Ph5tPPw
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=vet4AsNRKnI

    Or go to their website at:
    http://www.bostontypewriterorchestra.com/

    The question is - should be sample them and produce a Personal Typewriter Orchestra?

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    Re: Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    Bravo, that performance was simply magical.

    I have to go hunt to see if i still have my old Underwood. I'll let you sample it, maybe it is like fine stringed instruments, getting better with age. I can't wait to hear that magnificent long sustain. Can anyone remember the name of the Italian typewriter that was even better than an Underwood, but had European typeface?

    Those guys should load them with typing paper and carbon paper, they sounded slightly out of tune.

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    They should load them up with paper. That way, they can make the programs for the next concert while performing.
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    Re: Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by Leaf
    Can anyone remember the name of the Italian typewriter that was even better than an Underwood, but had European typeface?
    That would be the Olivetti.
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    Re: Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    I actually had to create sheet music for typewriter last year.

    Leroy Anderson's piece "THE TYPEWRITER" for orchestra and typewriter soloist is really funny.

    Jeff

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    Re: Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    The question is - should be sample them and produce a Personal Typewriter Orchestra?
    I say it would be an act of historical preservation, not unlike the movement to sample all the acoustic pipe organs in cathedrals in Europe.

    Pretty soon the sound of the typewriter, the electric typewriter, and the teletype machine will be forgotten and young people won't be able to recognize the sound. Pretty soon there will be no more working typewriters, except in museums. Finding something to record will be difficult.

    Last February Jeff Hurchala told me about his idea to create a computer program that would play in the background and provide various obsolete noises from a busy office from decades ago. Pneumatic mail tubes, typewriters, water coolers, telegraph Morse code receivers, moveable type printing presses, squeaky chairs, and other sounds. It would be nice for the lonely person telecommuting at home.
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    Re: Boston Typewriter Orchestra

    I thought they threw the typewriter overboard along with the tea?
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