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list                           Fri, 4 Sep 1998            Volume 1 : Number 78

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Date: Fri, 4 Sep 1998 8:54:52 +0000
Subject: Subcontrabass Recorder CD; Bass Oboe Bro

Dear all,
in response to Grant's notice of the CD From Birds to Byrd I am afraid that the subcontrabass recorder turns out to be a contrabass in F.  Having had this CD for a year I have had plenty of opportunity to inspect the French and German liner notes which definitely indicate the instrument in F not the true subcontrabass in C.

On bass oboe matters readers might be interested to hear that Gavin Bryars's East Coast concerto for bass oboe and orchestra was broadcast in this country (England, UK) on Saturday evening 16th August with the inevitable Lawrence Cherney as soloist.  I reckon that this performance is better than the premiere with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra which is on Schott's promotional tape of this piece. The oboe playing is clearer.
Francis Firth
P.S. I still seem unable to receive postings from contrabass-l so please correspond with me privately as I am now a bit behind as I have to look at the archives at


Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1998 22:09:46 -0400
From: Jim Katz <>
To: <>
Subject: Lelia - sow sounds

>Do the aboriginal shamans use a
>droning, monotonously repetitive sound on the didge?

I don't know the particular healing techniques, but most likely that is
part of it because "droning, monotonously repetitive sound" is what a
didgeridoo doo....



Date: Fri, 04 Sep 1998 08:08:40 PDT
From: "Dana Sarah Cordish" <>
Subject: Re: subwoofer menace

>Thanks for the additional anecdotes about the effects of low-pitched sound on
>the human body.  There's lots of fantasy and science fiction on the subject,
>but I'm still interested in acquiring purportedly factual reports.

Maybe locate a friendly, slightly mad scientist in the department of
acoustical engineering at some big university and ask for facts?  Maybe
U. C. Berkeley, where it all started?


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