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The Last Overtone


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After the inevitable collapse of western civilization people return to a simpler life. There will still be music, but played only on simple home-made instruments.

This is played on my Slovakian koncovka, which is the ultimate in simplicity: no holes.....
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Uploaded: Apr 13, 2013 - 06:53:09 PM
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Fire_Angel said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
Atmospheric in the extreme.
A master-class in less than two minutes; how to summon great feeling from simple ingredients, by Vic. Wonderful, downloaded for pleasure and study. I'm glad I joined this site as it's full of inspiration and you're definitely part of that.
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WharmtonRise said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
Absolutely
Excellent work and skill. Bravo and thanks for the D/L
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alackbass said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
The Last Overtone
Can't we return to the simple life and home made instruments without the fall of civilization?

Great sound Vic!
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egobandit said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
always a treat
love to hear the real tones and the breathing You shure have a mastery over that koncovka I dig the echo very nice
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magnatone said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
Last Overtone
this is gorgeous in it's refined simplicity. not that a single thing you're doing here is simple .. cool use of echo. and as far as i can tell. western civilization remains intact - as F'd up as ever, but intact!
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Vic Holman said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
no holes!
beautiful melody. i like your use of a echo effect. what did you use to achieve that?
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VicDiesel said 1650 days ago (April 13th, 2013)
echo
I used the new PSP MultiDelay, but any other multitap delay (such as Logic's DelayDesigner) would have done the trick.
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Philip18 said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
The last overtone
That simpler life might not allow for the recording, enhancing and distribution of music such as this, which would be a shame! Beautifully played, Vic.
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Moviz said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
I won't be
here when that collapse comes Vic, but if I was, i would have to play a comb and paper, because no way could I make such haunting and atmospheric music from a tube with holes, as you do so effectively.... my God, I just read that there are no holes.... wonderful, M
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PeterB7858 said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
The Last Overtone
Look ma! No holes! I had to look up how it was played. Great physics lesson right there. Fine playing, too. Definite pastoral vibe. Good recording. Thanks, Vic. Regards, Peter.
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VicDiesel said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
Overtones
Right. So you have the overtone series of the open pipe, and if you put your finger on the bottom end you get the overtone series of the closed pipe. The two interleave, and so you can play melodies.

OPEN + closed: C g C e G bflat C d E fsharp G a (unused in this piece: Bflat b C)

For the physicists: you'll recognize that the OPEN series is the regular overtone series; a stopped pipe produces only odd harmonics, so you'll recognize those notes as part of the overtone series based on an unplayable ultra low c note.
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DWL said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
Very evocative
beautifully played and recorded.

Another world beckons.

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 1650 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
Amazing
I'll have to be like Peter and find out how this was played: I'm amazed that you can get such a range of distinctive notes from a hollow tube. And the overtones are lovely. A very pretty piece, thanks.
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Cameron said 1649 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
overtones
The koncovka has a very pleasing sound quality. What kind of wood is it made out of?

The French horn is also basically a tube, 12 feet in length. Before the invention of valves @ 1820, all the harmonics had to be achieved with the lips and faster air stream.

You have excellent control of this on the koncovka. Thanks for sharing!
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VicDiesel said 1649 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
French horn
Yes, playing this has made me appreciate the skill involved in instruments like the French horn. I thnk I'm doing ok here, but hitting precisely the right note is hard, and scales down are trickier than up.

Btw, did you check the above explanation? I'm dealing with two overtone series here, based on the open and the stopped pipe. With just an open pipe I'd need a lot more length than the two feet or so of this pipe.

I have no idea as to the type of wood.
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SylviaD said 1649 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
Incredible!
This is really beautiful? I cannot even come close to understanding how you did this. Mind ....... Ummmmm ......... Blowing. ( No pun intended.)
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PaulaMunk said 1649 days ago (April 14th, 2013)
No holes?
That's just your breath? I'm impressed. Oh, and the melody is beautiful and celebrational. Thanks.
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damiengh said 1649 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
well
Beautiful sounds. Nice job with the effects, makes me feel like I'm up in the mountains. If I was a sheep in the mountains with the herd, you'd never have to worry about me straying. :)
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Skean said 1648 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Dude
You do this so good, I feel I'm there and I have to say I love it, peace.
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jiguma said 1648 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Vic
This would be a beautiful and inspiring piece on its own, but as played on a "no holes" instrument, it is quite astonishing. The main thing though is that it sounds wonderful. I've been fiddling with PSP plugins lately, and have found them to be very warm and "organic" in the way they effect sounds. That opinion is reinforced here.
Very enjoyable post!
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Neil
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KCsGROOVE said 1646 days ago (April 17th, 2013)
the last overtone
wonderful and mesmerising
enjoyed!
KC
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Ed Hannifin said 1641 days ago (April 22nd, 2013)
Certainly makes the case...
...that music and sound can be 'big' and spacious and effective without having to be complex and busy...

The mix sounds huge...
Jarvoid said 1606 days ago (May 27th, 2013)
Like a
tubular Last Post !
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VicDiesel said 1606 days ago (May 27th, 2013)
Tubular!
Totally!
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