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Bach On a Beer-Can


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Cori Ander

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Bach On a Beer-Can

If you blow an empty beer-can just the way you'd blow a bottle, you can, with a bit of experimenting, find some quite nice organ-like sounds. This rendition is built upon such a sound.

This was done in 2000. I had a peroid (a happy one) when I was penciling music with the great app 'Melody Assistant'. This piece is JS Bachs Preludium in D minor, that he wrote for lute. Here penciled and somewhat jazzed and with a home-made beer-can-blowing sample. Apart from the drums, the only instrument is that sampled single beer-can-blow (including the bass).

Please excuse the drums .. I can't use the old Melody Assistant app anymore since my present Mac can not take OS9. So I'll have to stick with what I did back in 2000.

I had no intention of posting this one until the other day, when my nine year old son heard it and said is was "very very cool". Since I trust his musical ear and taste, I want to test in on you MacJammers too .. and of course, on a second consideration, I too can feel that it is a quite cool ..

In a previous post Honey Jar Bach is the same tune but with a sampled tapping-on-the-lid-of-a-honey-jar sound.
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Hits: 4849
Comments: 38
Fans: 11
Plays: 254
Downloads: 178

Uploaded: Jan 08, 2007 - 08:11:24 AM
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2007 - 08:25:52 AM Last Played: Jul 05, 2019 - 02:27:53 AM
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Hardware:
Some cheap old mic I don't remeber the name of
132 MHz PowerMac 7600
Software:
Melody Assistant
OS 9
Comments
RickW said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Wow!
You play a mean beer can! Your son is right. This was very, very, cool.

God bless,

Rick

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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
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Thank you .. well if the both of you think so .. then I fell certain that it is so..


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mikkinylund said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
A Child is Always True
Very cool, and again, a different path for you. I like experiments like this as well, and quite often use just about anything to create new sounds. It's surprising how much a Big Band one can get from one kitchen for example. I thoght the drums where a little bit annoying at first, but after a few listening, they actually adds a very interesting contrast to Bach and the beer bottle. /Mikki
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
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Thank you Mikki!
And by the way, I haven't said it yet, but really, it feels great that you are back again!

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Macaudion said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Very very interesting
Was it just me, or was there no guitar being featured in this - Is it time for me to throw away my expectations... Well, I'd just alter them a bit maybe... It seems that I can still expect an intriquing musical exploration from you, and regardless of instrumentation - That figures...

Thanks for the ride. Pretty cool!

Macca

ps - Did they have beer back then??? heheee
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
LOL
LOL .. well, they certainly had beer .. but aluminum cans .. eh .. let me think ..

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Anyway, more seriously, and interesting, this is what I found on Wikipedia: Beer is one of the oldest human-produced beverages, possibly dating back to at least the 7th millennium BC (perhaps prior even to bread) .. etc

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kristyjo said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Love it!
You can make music from anything, Curry! I really didn't know aluminium cans could sound like that, now I'll have to try some experimentation of my own. Your son is right, very cool!
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
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Thanks Kristy!

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composerclark said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Wendy/Walter
You are a very creative dude. The drums are not my favorite part, but they do add a kind of manic slapstick quality to it all. The beer can sample, however, is just wonderful.
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
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Yes the drums has something in its simplicity. With some editing and better mixing they would be actually qite nice. Thank you for stopping by Clark!

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aclarke said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Why we should listen to our children more
They have the gift of not over-thinking things. This is indeed very, very cool!
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Yes
Yes I second that '.. we should listen to our children more' .. Maybe a statement that doesn't sound very radical, but at deeper consideration something that would make revolution (a good one) when put to practice..

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announcer said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Bock beer!
I found this definition:
Bock is a style of lager beer which originated in Germany. It was
traditionally brewed in the fall, at the end of the growing season,
when barley and hops were at their peak. It was "lagered" all winter
and enjoyed in the spring at the beginning of the new brewing season.
Bocks can be pale (helles) or dark (dunkles) and there are
double(doppel) bocks which are extra strong.

Oh wait ... wrong spelling of Bach...sorry!
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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
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Haha, me laugh. Thank you for stopping by Bill!

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Ed Hannifin said 4572 days ago (January 8th, 2007)
Right up there with the honey jar...
Just for fun I'm gonna sit here and try to imagine something YOU couldn't pick up and turn into something musical...

I'm surprised that you haven't purchases a glass harmonica yet...

Your son is right...

Ed




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Cori Ander said 4572 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
LOL
LOL .. thank you Ed!

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Einarus said 4571 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Bach on a beer-can, huh?
What's next?
Schubert on a shoebox?
Strauss through a straw?
Händel on a door handle? (hollowed out, of course)

Well - I'm sure it wouldn't take you long to fulfill those requests - being as musical as you are!

-Einar S.
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Cori Ander said 4571 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
LOL
LOL

:D

LOL

&

lol

that made my evening Einar! ... (still laughing) ...

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Mcboy said 4571 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
that my
friend is what musical freedom is all about......kool!
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Cori Ander said 4570 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
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haha, yes I guess so .. thank you Macboy!

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apb said 4571 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Wow ..
.. very cool. Panta mera! lol. Do you use Pripps, Falcon or ..? ;o)
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Cori Ander said 4570 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
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haha .. My kids use to sing 'Vantarna mera .. ja vill ha vantarna mera' when its cold outside.


to english: 'Mittens more .. i want the mittens more' ..

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perceptualvortex said 4571 days ago (January 9th, 2007)
Cool!
I pictured a line of people with partially filled beer bottles playing this with inhuman accuracy. Nice and original!
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Cori Ander said 4568 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
haha
ha .. that's a neat picture .. I listened once again trying that picure in front of my eyes! Was really funny. You gave me the laugh of today. Thank you PV!

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said 4570 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
This is...
...EASILY the best beer-can soloing I have ever heard! LOL! A very cool experiment bro!

Be well!
Cori Ander said 4568 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
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LOL

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Cori Ander said 4568 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
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LOL

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Roxylee said 4570 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Who woulda thunk it
I thought I'd heard it all when i heard John Hartford play his face. Learn something new every day. Curry, you have perfect beer can pitch, Very cool, indeed!
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Komrade K said 4570 days ago (January 10th, 2007)
Hee Hee Hee
This had me grinning from ear to ear - are you going to try a Bach CANtata next?

KK



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said 4568 days ago (January 12th, 2007)
COOL
I'm sure that took A LOT of work! Great result; thoroughly enjoyable!
said 4567 days ago (January 13th, 2007)
yes...
"very, very cool."

fav'd and DL-ed

(how did you empty the beer can that you used?)... : )
SmokeyVW said 4566 days ago (January 14th, 2007)
well i'll be switched
a bubbling rendition indeed!
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jpfeiff said 4563 days ago (January 17th, 2007)
What a cool idea!
It also sounds very cool. Now, can you do a live version on David Letterman if I drain a case of Budweiser and give you the cans?

Thanks for posting this--real fun!

Jim
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Scott Carmichael said 4562 days ago (January 18th, 2007)
It took me awhile
to get around to this... Do you have to drink a lot of beer to keep those cans tuned... :) I'm loving it that you find music in other places even though the obvious place for you to look is at your fingers on strings...

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guitapick said 4561 days ago (January 19th, 2007)
Mr. Bach Would be Proud
And just think: you can now say that you've improved upon the glass harmonica that, I think, Mozart loved so much.

Just imagine all those rows of spinning beer cans...

Very cool piece. I'm going to check some more of your stuff out.
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Enrique Gil said 4552 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
Original and interesting.
I am always amazed at Bach's music. It adapts and thrives with experimentation and different techniques and styles, whether is 21st Century sounds, or an old can of beer. I collect this kind of music and this one is a download. Greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Parichayaka said 4551 days ago (January 29th, 2007)
I love the sound!
What a great idea, and it absolutely works! The drums are well done, not sure if the piece would have even more effect with just the beer can sound alone (yeah, I really like that sound...). Now what would I have to do to get you to send me that sound? I'd really be interested in using it, if you don't mind...
How about using the beer can with your guitar playing? I'm a big fan of your music and that would be an original track, I'm sure!
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composerclark said 3395 days ago (March 30th, 2010)
Bach again
Bach (back) for another listen... Still enjoying it! This time, the drums seem fine to me! Hope all is well in your world.
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