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Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:43:44 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Fwd: Fw: Heckelphone
>From: "Peter Hurd"
>To: "Grant Green"
>Subject: Fw: Heckelphone
>Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 12:30:21 -0700
> I have tried numerous times to send this to the Contrabass
>Digest address- it keeps bouncing back as "undeliverable", "user
>mailbox full","article too long". If you receive this, could you
>transfer this over to the Digest? Thanks! Peter
>Dear Grant and fellow bass-o-philes,
> The article "Renaissance for Heckelphone" has now been
>published in The Double Reed Journal, Spring 2001 issue (along with
>Robert Howe's masterful treatise part 2 on keywork developement of
>the oboe). I will be forwarding the "final" repertoire list to Grant
>soon, so that he can post it on the Heckelphone page.
> I have finally decided that I will not be selling
>Heckelphone #4244 (too much fun). At the moment, Tom Hiniker is
>completely overhauling the instrument, and we have chosen to have
>the keys gold plated (the nickel plate to be stripped, keys buffed,
>copper plated, keys buffed, 2 layers silver, then 2 layers gold).
>Not so much for looks as preservation.
> In case anyone happens to be in Detroit from c. May 16- May
>26, Tom Hiniker is playing Heckelphone with the Detroit Symphony
>Orchestra for several performances of Eine Alpensinfonie and
> I am now looking for yet another Heckelphone (any
>description, location) by Heckel or Mollenhauer. I am especially
>keen to find a Heckel piccolo Heckelphone.
> I was finally able to track down the collector in Detroit
>who has 3 Heckelphones (no, he does not play). He also has 140
>soprano saxes, 3 bass saxes, and a Buffet contrabass sax(!), among a
>bzillion other wind instruments of every description. He does not
>plan on selling any of his collection at present. I believe that he
>will sometimes allow collectors / players to view some of his
> Best wishes to all, Peter
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 17:12:04 EDT
Subject: [CB] Hearing the cosmic bass
According to an article by Washington Post staff writer Kathy Sawyer this
morning (April 30, 2001), we live in the biggest bass instrument of them all.
Scientists studying the theory of cosmic inflation, aka the Big Bang ("which
calls for a cosmos that started much smaller than an atom and suddenly
underwent a violent, exponential growth spurt") have found what they
interpret as evidence of "a single acoustic ripple, or 'peak'," followed by
two lower acoustic peaks, the sonic signature of this expansion.
"'Now we can see. . . three of these peaks and tell not only which note is
being played, but also which instrument is playing it,' said Andrew Lange of
the California Institute of Technology. . . .Although the cosmic acoustics
theoretically could be translated onto a CD, based on the observed frequency
and amplitude, the scientists said, it is unlikely to be a hit. 'It would be
a very low tone,' [Michael] Turner said. 'The frequency is one cycle per
400,000 years. Not even whales could hear it.'"
The full article begins on p. A1 of the print edition and is available online
Seems our ancestors who believed in "the music of the spheres" were onto
something. They got the system, oh, only about 95% wrong....
Time is a great teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all its pupils!
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 14:57:04 -0700
From: David Richoux
Subject: Re: [CB] Hearing the cosmic bass
As I started to read the article I was sure it would be about the natural
resonance of the Earth (someone figured out that the earth hums an Eb tone as it
spins.) About 20 years ago there was a worldwide effort to have a 24 hour Eb
"sing-along" with musicians and others in every city grouping together to
produce Eb sounds. I remember playing in a park with about 30 folks in San Jose,
CA - some from the music department at San Jose State - with synth's, horns,
long vibrating strings. I think it was all done on the equinox or solstice, but
I cannot remember which year...
> According to an article by Washington Post staff writer Kathy Sawyer this
> morning (April 30, 2001), we live in the biggest bass instrument of them all.
> Scientists studying the theory of cosmic inflation, aka the Big Bang ("which
> calls for a cosmos that started much smaller than an atom and suddenly
> underwent a violent, exponential growth spurt") have found what they
> interpret as evidence of "a single acoustic ripple, or 'peak'," followed by
> two lower acoustic peaks, the sonic signature of this expansion.
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