A Musical Interlude of Many Instruments Posted on June 3, 2023 by Yves Smith Just trust me. And enjoy! Hat tip Mark G. Post navigation ← 2:00PM Water Cooler 6/2/2023 NYC Sheriff Miranda Hawked ‘Gimmick’ COVID Protection Just Before Mayor Adams Hired Him → Subscribe to Post Comments 25 comments The Beeman June 3, 2023 at 5:39 am Bravo! skippy June 3, 2023 at 5:59 am Yeah but …. Big Audio Dynamite – Medicine Show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD2kWCfTcaU In THX 3811 people took drugs to get rational[tm] whilst today people consume media and audio to arrive at the same state of mind. Mark Gisleson June 3, 2023 at 8:15 am We can’t do both?! wol June 3, 2023 at 6:23 am Danke! Die Twinnies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpmDAu_47OE Jeff June 3, 2023 at 10:10 am I must not be the only one who immediately recalled ”Sexy Saxophone Man” upon hearing that lick. :D The Rev Kev June 3, 2023 at 10:29 am But can he play the didgeridoo? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG9ZX1FS20A (3:29 mins) Mark Gisleson June 3, 2023 at 2:59 pm A bull roarer would also be impressive. Yves pointed out the lack of digeridoo when I sent in the link and I told her I used to hang out with a band that had a digeridoo player sit in with them when they did outdoor shows. I forgot that he also played a bull roarer and that was why he only did outdoor venues. Yves Smith Post authorJune 3, 2023 at 7:24 pm Haha, I thought that too! I loved the short-lived band Outback that made great use of the didgeridoo. See for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsFP3Klqab0 Also he could add metal drums, like the kind used in the Caribbean and in gamelan orchestras. juno mas June 3, 2023 at 11:35 am Impressive, yes. However, most of those string instruments were fretted which makes it easier to play a simple four note melody. Playing the melody on the violin, viola, and especially the Middle Eastern non-fretted instruments (they use a different note scale than Western semitone diatonic scale) is the impressive part. To play a non-gauged wind instrument (eg; trombone) is also a greater challenge, requiring practice and good ear training. So where did he get all those instruments? Some are extremely rare. juno mas June 3, 2023 at 11:44 am The Dideridoo is a non-gauged wind instrument. Needs lots of practice and lots of lung capacity. bassmule June 3, 2023 at 12:16 pm Yeah, well, after being a wimpy 12 year old and having constant trouble with intonation on the bass violin, I discovered the electric bass. Thus my credo: “The Fret Is Your Friend. ;-) Rolf June 3, 2023 at 12:24 pm :-) cousinAdam June 3, 2023 at 1:31 pm Duly noted, amigo, but after 40 years of beating the snot out of my trusty fender jazz bass I felt the need to venture into the world of upright bass (and jazz!) Once I got my feet wet, I quickly learned that “open strings are your friends “ – it’s how you find out if your fretted (sorry , fingered!) notes are in tune or not! The sheer physical demands of the instrument inform why jazz players play the licks that they do – quite a revelation! Carry on and “don’t fret about it 😝!” bassmule June 3, 2023 at 5:04 pm Ray is ready with the best advice! Ray Brown: The Most Important Advice for Bass Players cousinAdam June 4, 2023 at 12:31 pm Touché, sir! I once read an equally sage essay by bassist extraordinaire Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel and many, many more) about the quest for “the good note”. Not the coolest or fastest or baddest but just the ones that made the best contribution to the music at that moment – even no note- Robert Fripp would infamously assign one of his “crafty guitarists “ to ‘hold silence’ in an ensemble performance to underscore the need for ‘less is more’ restraint in their performances. Alas, I was unable to find the publisher of his little collection of tales and musings from the road- I was loaned a copy by the lady who helped organize and edit the book- I remember her telling me it was self published In Woodstock with name “ ten speed press “ which returns an outfit on the west coast with no listing of him as an author. Happy hunting… Joe Well June 3, 2023 at 2:22 pm >>So where did he get all those instruments? Some are extremely rare. On his channel he has videos of him making instruments by hand. But, agreed, 100 is a lot for a normal person to have sitting on their shelves. My guess is he has researcher access to a museum or university collection of historical musical instruments. Or a friend who’s a private collector. I’m surprised no acknowledgement was made in the video. [[Trying hard to fight my cynical impulse to believe he’s some kind of trust fund baby.]] Rolf June 3, 2023 at 12:12 pm Thank you! Yves you are the best! Luna Lee and her gayageum (Korean plucked zither): Here with Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing … Joe Well June 3, 2023 at 2:14 pm Is it a coincidence that you share this the same day as the post about the death of the liberal person? Because this guy seems like an extreme example, to judge by his Youtube channel: 9 years of videos of him playing and making obscure musical instruments. Not a single bit of content hinting at self-promotion, not even a bio. Of course, he’s not from the Americas, Asia, or the Anglosphere. He’s (apparently) from France. Thank you for this antidote. Yves Smith Post authorJune 3, 2023 at 8:01 pm No, synchronicity! But thanks for noticing the connection. Hepativore June 3, 2023 at 6:21 pm Here is a musical interlude using one instrument to make the sounds of many instruments. Arthur Ferrante, and Louis Teicher were a pair of professional pianists that released a whole bunch of easy-listening/lounge piano music, and their heyday was during the 1950’s-early-1960’s. However, they had real skill, and when they wanted to do experimental stuff, they could get really creative. During the 1950’s, they released an album called Soundproof, in which they used a pair of normal acoustic pianos, and somehow manipulated them to get sounds ranging from bells, harpsichord, xylophone, and various percussion instruments all without any form of electronic or recording manipulation. Other sounds are hard to describe, have harmonics that really do sound like they are made with alien instruments. They used a bunch of Latin American jazz songs, as South and Central American jazz were really popular in the US at the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csinqbk3WYA I do not know why people still continue to mock 1950’s in America as a cultural desert, because I am finding out that a lot of cool stuff was going on at the time, and that 1950’s mainstream US culture was actually quite sophisticated in many aspects. MarqueJaune June 3, 2023 at 8:57 pm Hei! This record is really cool! Thanks for that! And from the 50’s what about Yma Sumac and her otherwordly voice? From Peru to USA Voice of the Xtabay Hepativore June 3, 2023 at 10:25 pm Then there is Song of the Second Moon by Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan, which came out in 1958, and it is really strange-sounding electronic music made with 1950’s analog synthesizers. I have had never heard anything like it before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8MP0W63jIY Joe Well June 4, 2023 at 1:56 am Wow, Boing Boing linked to this exact same relatively obscure video just hours after NC! What a small world… Mark Gisleson June 4, 2023 at 10:07 am This came from Waxy’s Links, an occasional thing in my RSS feed going back to the dawn of the intertubes. If Waxy shares a link, it will show up all over the place almost overnight. I caught this just as he shared it and sent it immediately to Yves who apparently does not sleep and posted it right away. BoingBoing snoozed so they losed. Like a lot of internet hipsters, Waxy has also published beaucoup bs on Russia and Ukraine. And, had a conservative meme about this youtube sprang up first, Waxy might well have linked to a thumbsucker about how the right prefers to play accapella and not in an orchestra. Sorry to pollute this with politics but you gave me an opening ; ) NoWay June 4, 2023 at 2:09 am He forgot the Kazoo Comments are closed. Tip Jar Please Donate or Subscribe!