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Using Strange Instruments
on: January 23, 2019, 14:42:01
"The main thing is to have a gutsy approach....but use your head." Julia Child

 "In a world of robotic conformity, the only originality left in music is the imperfections" Eric Craptone

"Special thanks to Steve Gleason for making me who I am today." Leonard Scaper

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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 21:25:27
That looks interesting indeed: Folktek illuminist Garden = grain, waves and broken beats
There is a black and white clip of a box with needles and knobs, and a link to the maker
http://folktek.com/instruments/electrocoustic/illuminists-garden
 Is there anybody here on the Forum who owns such an instrument.

From my  Stange instruments department: I have a reissue of a Stylophone, bought in Oxford 2017.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stylophone
Odd instruments, can help make the writing juices flow.
recommending https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Music_Works "How music works", book by David Byrne.


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 09:51:45
Ok, drums allowed too???



Enjoy!!!
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 13:00:50
HA!!!!

Gus @LePlongeur .....you never cease to amaze me.


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #4 on: February 05, 2019, 15:25:52
Special thanks to @Leonard Scaper  for making me who I am today.", Gus




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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 09:02:28


Before practising, you have to drink all the wine there is in the glasses.
Enjoy! Enjoy the music, I mean.
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 11:32:38
My contribution ...



.... and live

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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 11:37:03
... and one more Bill Bailey one ... Duelling Sitars :-)



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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #8 on: February 08, 2019, 12:36:56
Whilst checking up on Laurie Anderson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Anderson

for a different post I came across this which seems on topic here

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Inventions

Anderson has invented several experimental musical instruments that she has used in her recordings and performances.
Tape-bow violin

The tape-bow violin is an instrument created by Laurie Anderson in 1977. It uses recorded magnetic tape in place of the traditional horsehair in the bow, and a magnetic tape head in the bridge. Anderson has updated and modified this device over the years.

She can be seen using a later generation of this device in her film Home of the Brave during the "Late Show" segment in which she manipulates a sentence recorded by William S. Burroughs. This version of the violin discarded magnetic tape and instead used MIDI-based audio samples, triggered by contact with the bow.
Talking stick

The talking stick is a 6-foot-long baton-like MIDI controller. It was used in the Moby-Dick tour in 1999–2000. She described it in program notes as follows:

    The Talking Stick is a new instrument that I designed in collaboration with a team from Interval Research and Bob Bielecki. It is a wireless instrument that can access and replicate any sound. It works on the principle of granular synthesis. This is the technique of breaking sound into tiny segments, called grains, and then playing them back in different ways. The computer rearranges the sound fragments into continuous strings or random clusters that are played back in overlapping sequences to create new textures. The grains are very short, a few hundredths of a second. Granular synthesis can sound smooth or choppy depending on the size of the grain and the rate at which they're played. The grains are like film frames. If you slow them down enough, you begin to hear them separately.

Voice filters

A recurring motif in Anderson's work is the use of a voice filter which deepens her voice into a masculine register, a technique which Anderson has referred to as "audio drag".[45] Anderson has long used the resulting character in her work as a "voice of authority" or conscience,[45] although she later decided that the voice had lost much of its authority and instead began utilizing the voice to provide historical or sociopolitical commentary,[46] as it is used on "Another Day in America", a piece from her 2010 album Homeland.

For much of Anderson's career, the voice was nameless or called the Voice of Authority, although more recently, it was dubbed Fenway Bergamot at Lou Reed's suggestion.[46] The cover of Homeland depicts Anderson in character as Bergamot, with streaks of black makeup to give her a moustache and thick, masculine eyebrows.

In "The Cultural Ambassador", a piece on her album The Ugly One with the Jewels, Anderson explained some of her perspective on the character:

    (Anderson:) I was carrying a lot of electronics so I had to keep unpacking everything and plugging it in and demonstrating how it all worked, and I guess I did seem a little fishy—a lot of this stuff wakes up displaying LED program readouts that have names like Atom Smasher, and so it took a while to convince them that they weren't some kind of portable espionage system. So I've done quite a few of these sort of impromptu new music concerts for small groups of detectives and customs agents and I'd have to keep setting all this stuff up and they'd listen for a while and they'd say: So uh, what's this? And I'd pull out something like
    (Bergamot:) this filter, and say, now this is what I like to think of as the voice of authority. And it would take me a while to tell them how I used it for songs that were, you know, about various forms of control, and they would say, now why would you want to talk like that? And I'd look around at the SWAT teams, and the undercover agents, and the dogs, and the radio in the corner, tuned to the Super Bowl coverage of the war. And I'd say, take a wild guess


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 00:08:48
 :pompom: No need to use expensive and usual gear. This cat synth is everything you need..  :pompom:



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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #10 on: March 07, 2019, 16:23:14
Once I ruptured one of my pleura. Clearly a case of overuse.
Inflammation of my throat, singing a lot and playing the alt hobo.



This is a rare variation. Some may even think it gross, but it is not my invention. So I cannot be held responsible.

The sound is to die for.
I really think so. If somewhat muffled.

Well, what do you think? Is it worthy of a place in this threat?
Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #11 on: March 07, 2019, 20:32:59
Hey @LePlongeur ...I actually like how that instrument sounds. I bet it would record well in a small room.


Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #12 on: March 07, 2019, 21:26:50
@LePlongeur   these days when you can probably get any sound you want thanks to computers I still prefer an "organic" sound (although sometimes you can't tell the real from the MIDI)

On YouTube there is an easy to find video of Frank Zappa (clean cut) on the old American Steve Allen show playing a bicycle. 


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Re: Using Strange Instruments
Reply #13 on: March 07, 2019, 21:59:17
I have seen that video @Vince;D




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