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    Cool Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Yesterday I made a set of samples of corrugated whirly tubes, which I shared over on the sample libraries discussion list.

    Today I thought I'd try them out.

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

    I cheated slightly, in that I made them velocity responsive. In real life these tubes produce 4 or 5 different notes, depending how quick you spin them over your head, which means each note also has a fixed volume - the higher the louder. The pitch slides aren't done with pitch-bend. They're done by having whirly tubes tuned a quarter-tone apart, and overlapping their notes.

    The GPO harp makes an appearance (hence posting here) - it will be more prominent later in the piece. The other sounds are samples of a circuit-bent Speak and Spell from the cover CD of last month's Future Music mag.

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Fascinating! Sounds like chicks' voices. What software or hardware did you use for sampling?

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Pingu

    You have a precious, fantastic gift of an original creative mind. You seem to have no inhibitions whatever. What a marvelous nucleus to operate from! I look forward to your work.

    tony

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry G. Alexander
    Fascinating! Sounds like chicks' voices. What software or hardware did you use for sampling?

    Larry
    Hi Larry. You've got me , the samplng was fairly cheap and nasty. A Sony condenser mic that I borrowed from school, straight into the AC97 chip on my laptop's motherboard. I used Soundforge for recording.

    Having said that, the samples actually sound really good - very accurate. In this piece, though, I didn't actually want the sound of the whirlies to be too pronounced. In reality they sound quite rough (at some speeds the tube is trying to resonate at two frequencies at once, and one note modulates the other), and have a very strong doppler effect going on. So I put a tonne of reverb on it, which smoothed everything out somewhat, and made it sound like a distant choir.

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    What a fascinating sound... not to mention, Pingu,
    that I now award you the Official Most Unusual
    Ensemble Medal of Honor
    ... lol. Unless I'm mistaken,
    no one has ever used Speak 'n' Spell in a musical
    work in this forum. Or maybe anywhere else, either,
    for that matter.

    I love that sound -- it sounds... human! I've
    listened through this about six times; really
    intriguing possibilities...

    My best,



    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    WOW! Its different. But its great.

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Now you should do Peter Shickele's Lasso De More

    Dan

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Pignu,

    Wow...Earth callings Mars..come in please!! I agree with David on the most unusual posting here to date!

    Gary

    www.garybricault.com

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    Re: Piece for Whirly Tubes, GPO Harp and Speak and Spell

    Old thread, I know!
    Does anyone still have the whirly samples available to share?
    Best wishes
    Jedi

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