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Sounds & Rhythm

Unusual Music with some usual things

Nazia Ahmed

Beer Bottle Organ
A musical instrument made by Peterson Tuners, that is actually produced by blowing air over the tops of real beer bottles. The bottles are filled or "tuned" using mineral oil, so it will not evaporate or change tunings during weather changes. The Bottle Organ concept was first developed in the early 1800's. The organ as shown is self contained with brass fittings, lighting and is housed in a walnut enclosure on casters. It includes an air pump controller and self playing device which allows the organ to also play musical tunes unaided, or via keyboard or MIDI controlled device.

Bamboo Saxophones
Carefully electronically tuned, Ángel Sampedro del Rio's Bamboo saxophones consist of segments of bamboo successively larger in diameter. This progression has now been demonstrated by acoustical studies as the most harmonically effective. The joints are extremely solid and resistant over time. They have keys that cover tone holes outside the reach of the fingers. Since 1985 he has developed and built this instrument, with equal attention to acoustic design and aesthetics. Their interior is protected against changes of humidity, frequent in all wind instruments. The work with mouthpieces led him to use different bamboo types that give the instrument its own and characteristic sound.

They use conventional sax reeds, which can be acquired in any good musical store in the world. This improves the acoustic design and the fingering distribution.

The Bamboo sax is not an imitation of brass Saxes; it is an instrument in its own right. They have certain differences and similarities.

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