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Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 19:34:13 EDT
Subject: Re: Basso Gastrico

Thanks very much to Jim Katz and Grant Green for the tasty pronouncements on
this savory subject.

Michael Cogswell wrote,
>I'm starting to wonder about you . . .

. . . did you forget to get your prescription refilled?>

Which prescription, the one for Jolt Cola?

Mostly harmless...heh heh.

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 16:52:43 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: The San Francisco Sarrusophone Quartet

I'd like to repeat my invitation for any interested sarrusophone players in
the San Francisco area (or who will be in the area this Summer) to join the
SFSrQ.  At present, there are three of us (Keith, Ray, & I), and have
between us Bb tenor, Eb bari, Bb bass, and three Eb contras.  If we can
find one more player (preferably one who has a tenor, bari or bass), we'll
be able to play SATB saxophone quartet literature unmodified (aside from
being transposed down an octave).  I've already accumulated a number of
SATB and AATB works that we can use.  If we get more than one player, we'd
be *happy* to fit you in :-)

The goal here is to practice a couple of times, and then find a public
place to play, perhaps an SF street corner (a la SF Sax quartet), and play
it up for grins.  Anyone care to appear on the evening news?  Along with
the sax quartet works, I plan to arrange a few pieces for 4 Eb contras (or
whatever we get) - perhaps 3 contras and a lead bass. ;-)  None of the
music should be particularly difficult: not elementary, but more geared for
exploiting the inherent humor of the ensemble.

The main difficulty, of course, is that the player should have his or her
own instrument. The escapade depends on us being able to practice some of
the music in advance of the ensemble rehearsal, and rehearsal is no time to
start learning where the octave keys are.

Anyone with an interest should feel free to contact me.  I'd like to get an
idea of the exact instrumentation I'm arranging for, and there are
schedules to coordinate.

All lines are now open, operators are standing by ...


Grant Green  

From: "Aaron Rabushka" <>
Subject: Re: Basso Gastrico
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 19:20:15 -0500

>Has anyone tried playing clarinet (or
>contrabassoon) while breathing helium?

Would any reasonable, insane, or reasonably insane composer request this

Aaron J. Rabushka


Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1999 21:15:09 EDT
Subject: Re: Basso Gastrico

In a message dated 7/1/99 8:17:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

>  >Has anyone tried playing clarinet (or
>  >contrabassoon) while breathing helium?
I've seen it tried with a trumpet and the effect is similar to what happens
to the voice since it's the helium vibrating instead of regular air. The most
outrageous use (abuse?) of helium I ever saw was at an M.I.T. "Sky Art Week"
exhibit. There was an inflatable sculpture that had a center unit that was
inflated by a large fan such as the carnival "Moonwalk" that kids get in and
jump around. But the artist wanted to fly this thing, so he attached about
ten arms made of trash bag tubes. To be more descriptive, trash bags are cut
from a long rolled tube of plastic and one end of each individual bag is
heat-sealed. In this case, the long rolled up tube of clear plastic was NOT
cut into individual bags. The entire tube was unrolled and filled with helium
from the tank truck parked in the end zone of the M.I.T. football field. They
had inflated the first two when I happened to be passing by. I saw these
oversized balloons and thought "What the hell?" and went to investigate.
Finding that they wanted volunteers to help in the assembly, I jumped right
in. I had the rare experience of walking down the football field with TWO
helium inflated 50 foot tubes (doubled over with the ends tied closed and
tied together), leaping 6 to 8 feet in the air, a little afraid to go any
higher because it was pretty windy that day. The "megaloons" were tied to the
chain link fence until it was time for the final assembly of the "sculpture".
Later, after the art show was over, the piece was dissembled, again by
volunteers, who of course partook of the abundant gas and of course recreated
several scenes from the "Wizard of Oz". Wish I'd had my tuba with me that
Move over Maynard Ferguson!!

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 00:11:44 EDT
Subject: Re: The San Francisco Sarrusophone Quartet

I wish I lived near SanFransisco, I'd be there in a flash with my Eb Contra.
Any sarrusophone players in the Chicago area keen on the same sort of idea?

Jon Carreira
all reeds double

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 09:10:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: cracked bassoon; how about a few hose clamps with some felt under

them ?


Date: Fri, 2 Jul 1999 09:26:49 -0700
From: Grant Green <>
Subject: Re: Basso Gastrico

>>Has anyone tried playing clarinet (or
>>contrabassoon) while breathing helium?
>Would any reasonable, insane, or reasonably insane composer request this

I can easily imagine it.  No stranger than multiphonics, or the number of
works that call for double reeds or mouthpieces (minus the rest of the


Grant Green  

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