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    Smile Freebie Whirly Tubes

    So I'm on vacation from school, and I finally got some time for a project I've been trying to get round to for some time. You know those corrugated plastic tubes that you whirl above your head, and they produce several different harmonics, depending how quick you whirl them...Well I bought a few, cut them to different lengths, and sampled them.

    The files are here (wav files with Kontakt programs)

    http://www.savefile.com/files/494366


    I made three programs.

    1. 'Whirly Tubes'

    has all the samples from a single tube mapped on one key, and Nils' crossfade script integrated into the program. So you hold down a note, and use the modwheel to cruise through the harmonics. It takes some practise, since the overlaps in the crossfade are a lot larger than the areas where you get a single note, but once you get used to it, it's very playable. The samples are mapped in two groups, with the group on the right being a quarter tone sharper than those on the left. (I had a lot of tubes, and it turns out that there is a minimum length of tube which will usefull resonate, so I went for small increments, although bear in mind that I tuned them to a piano that probably needs some attention).

    2. Spread Out A

    maps the harmonics of each tube onto the note which they actually approximate to. Because the harmonics become closer together the higher you get I could only map four tubes together. So F# to A are mapped in a clump, with their harmonic above them. Then Bb to C# are mapped two octaves up the keyboard.

    3. Spread Out B

    the same idea as the last program but a quartertone sharper.


    I'm in the middle of writing something with the samples, and will no doubt think of ways to improve the programs as a result, but any feedback on their useability would be welcome. I'm also thinking of producing a set with a mic setup that would place more emphasis on the doppler effect - let me know if you think it's necessary, or if it would become too pronounced.

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    Hey Pingu,
    It's great all these free sounds Thank you very much!!,
    The bowed Cymbals are really great!
    I hope you have time soon to record your violimba


    Kindest Regards
    Bscott

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    Thanks again, Pingu... both for sharing and for sharing these samples as .wav files.

    Ironically, I am listening right now to a fantastic compilation of Australian experimental composers called Austral Voices:

    http://www.epitonic.com/index.jsp?re...ahhopkins.html

    The next song up is a piece by Sarah Hopkins for . . . you guessed it . . . a "corrugated plastic hose 3.5 meters long."

    In the liner notes, she points out that "through varying the speed of rotation this whirly sings six separate harmonics."

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    There is also a gorgeous, wonderful piece on this comp, by one Ross Bolleter, for "ruined piano," that might get a rise (in both the good and bad senses) from a bunch of folks here... See http://www.warpsmusic.com/

    Worra might even want to try and corner the market on "ruined" versions of everyone's favorite piano models, LOL...

    — alanb

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    http://alanb.org

    http://www.myspace.com/arsperspicuus

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    You know what?

    I think that if we all chip in a little bit, we can get some huge webspace from a webhosting, to this wonderful man/woman (actually don't know your ): Pingu. He is offering soooo much! The least we can do is that...

    Thank's Pingu

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    OK, I found a little time today to start a piece using the whirlies. Here's the opening. It also features the GPO harp, and a circuit-bent Speak and Spell. I cheated slightly, in that I made the Kontakt programs velocity responsive. In reality, the whirly tubes have a fixed velocity for each note, which would normally mean that higher notes massively outweigh the lower notes - so I tempered the higher notes somewhat.

    http://minorcrisis.net/files/Whirlies.mp3

    Hope you like it.

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    Cool Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    Thanks a lot Pingu!

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu
    OK, I found a little time today to start a piece using the whirlies. Here's the opening. It also features the GPO harp, and a circuit-bent Speak and Spell. I cheated slightly, in that I made the Kontakt programs velocity responsive. In reality, the whirly tubes have a fixed velocity for each note, which would normally mean that higher notes massively outweigh the lower notes - so I tempered the higher notes somewhat.

    http://minorcrisis.net/files/Whirlies.mp3

    Hope you like it.
    Hi Pingu,

    it's cool, - reminds me of early Pink Floyd. It'd be interesting to ride the input gain on an overdriven amp and see what happens, - things could get scary!

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    Re: Freebie Whirly Tubes

    Thanks Pingu.

    Got them. Very nice.

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    Thanks Dave, These sound great!

    Enough doppler in these right now - Using them in a score, probably.

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