Music examples in this video:
0:05 Plate bell chimes, 1st – 12th overtone on g
1:22 Copper tube chime, 3rd – 14th overtone on G, metal harp 5th to 17th overtone on g
Copper Shakuhashi at Raga Bairava on h
3:23 Steel Cello on G
4:59 Copper tube chime, pentatonic scale, d’d”and pentatonic scale, f”’-f””
6:52 Schnabellängsflöte, alto flute in f major
7:14 Copper tube chime in C major, c’c”’ with a clapper
9:22 Copper tube chime in C major, c’c”’ with Kupfershakuhashi, mixolydian tuned to bass g
10:35 Overtone flute in c
11:38 Singing drum on d
The special feature of the tube glockenspiels is their long finish. Depending on the size, it lasts one to two minutes. Tubes of copper lie horizontally in elastic cords on a frame of ash wood. They are struck with felt or fabric-covered hard rubber pieces. The oscillating sound tubes allow you to hold handheld resonators – these are individually tuned aluminum tubes from the air column, thus modulating their resonance. Tubular glockenspiels are available in different pentatonic and diatonic scales with a range of two octaves. Overall, a range from g to g “” is possible.
Plate bell chime
1st prize at the 3rd Königswinterer Kunsthandwerkertage
The combination of materials serves the purpose of addressing different senses: Wood, metal and rubber become an instrument of special quality.Thanks to their elastic suspension, bronze panels of different sizes and thicknesses can unfold their acoustic fascination in conjunction with the wooden body. The vibrations triggered by bobbin stroke open up an own world of experience. In addition to the acoustic sound, they are also physically and mentally experienceable. The recording of the ensemble opens up new emotional dimensions and seems to kidnap into another world. (The jury: Heike Kern, Elmar Scheuren, Peter Seekircher)
Bass plate bells
Bronze plates in the form of a square or an equilateral triangle are hung in front of or above wooden resonance bodies. If you hit them with a soft clapper in their midst, a strong, deep tone sounds. Struck in the lateral areas, one stimulates the overtones that can be amplified and even palpated by paper hollow bodies – I call them clasps.
I build the bass plate bells in different sizes and designs.
A massive copper rod hangs with a steel string on the membrane of a drum. If you hit the stick with a clapper, the vibration will be transferred from the stick to the drum and the string will produce powerful, archaic sounds. Depending on where you hold the staff and where you strike it, you will hear either the low pitch or different overtones. The string can also be played with the violin bow, mallets or fingers. Depending on their basic tone, which moves in the double bass, the drums are hung at a height of 2 to 3.5 meters.
Thin long copper tubes are stretched in the middle of a wooden frame. When you dust your fingertips with some rosin powder and rub against the tubes, you get fine, high-pitched sounds. The sound will settle in gently with a slight delay and then ring for a long time. A range of f” to c””’ is possible.
This is a copper flute with a beech wood-turned mouthpiece in which a labium is worked. You hold them across, blowing them like a traditional recorder. It is available with six finger holes as soprano, alto or tenor flute and can be played over two octaves. The curved overtone flute has no handle holes. The pitch is determined by the strength of the airflow and the opening and closing of the ending.
The flute mouthpiece is made of bamboo tube. The blowing technique is like a Japanese Shakuhashiflute. The mouth of the mouthpiece is closed with the lower lip and blown over a notch. With this flute you can phrasing the sounds wonderfully, playing softly or powerfully.
Each three circular, cast bronze cymbals are hung on a frame made of ash wood. They are struck near the edge with a rubber clapper. Above them are copper resonators, which, when rocked, cause the sound to rise and fall. The music of the swing cymbals has something spherical – as if it came from another world. A range from d” to d”” is possible.