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May 27th, 2008

Harmonic, metallic, 'eastern' in flavor? Made by processing slowed recordings of spanners being dropped onto a concrete floor.


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    wisslgisse 7 years, 6 months ago

    I think if you damp the resonance a little and use symmetric objects the result will be very like a tibetan singing bowl.

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    wisslgisse 7 years, 6 months ago

    I think that is what I mean. It is the reason that musical instruments are symmetric. The sound here isn't just a single tone and its harmonics, but the original tone and the harmonics are distorted because when the sonic vibration gets to the parts of the spanner that aren't symmetric, it alters. And that is a fine outcome in its own right. But I would also like to hear the alternative. Thanks for being willing to do that. Hmmm, I wonder what something with lots of weird asymmetric projections would sound like? A mishmash of noise? Lots of territory to explore.

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    digifishmusic 7 years, 6 months ago

    By distorted you mean atonal? I will bash up some other more symmetrical metallic objects later :)

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    ERH 7 years, 6 months ago

    Exciting stuff - droning spanners - if only we heard them like this all the time!

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    wisslgisse 7 years, 6 months ago

    These slowed recordings are intriquing. I think because you are using a non symmetric object the sounds are more distorted. Would you be willing to try with a symmetric object like a sphere, half sphere, ring, or rod/cylinder? The high tensile steel you are using with the spanner (I would say wrench) is very good for this as it rings easily. Brass, aluminum, cast iron, or pewter would probably give a duller sound. Hanging from a string while striking with another spanner would work well too. Thanks for your samples.


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