PipeChat Digest #5022 - Tuesday, December 21, 2004
 
More on 512-footers .. and LOWER!
  by "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com>
RE: The old organ of Stavanger Cathedral (x-post)
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
RE: Make 'em sing!
  by "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com>
 

(back) Subject: More on 512-footers .. and LOWER! From: "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com> Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 00:53:39 -0800   This past Sunday, while diddling around with our OTHER synth, a Roland D-70, I discovered something absolutely amazing: The pitch-bend wheel can be set to bend a tone down by a range of FOUR octaves! Imagine the fun when you then select, say, a 32-foot contra-saxophone, hold down the low CCCC 32-foot tone, then BEND that tone down four octaves:   32 ft. CCCC 64 ft. CCCCC 128 ft. CCCCCC 256 ft. CCCCCCC 512 ft. CCCCCCCC   and when expressed in cycles per second   32 ft. =3D 16 cps 64 ft. =3D 8 cps 128 ft. =3D 4 cps 256 ft. =3D 2 cps 1024 ft. =3D 1 cps   Aren't mathematics and physics just an absolute mind-blower!   We have a big gnarly sound system at this church with huge, powerful speakers. On that 1 cps sound, I could literally count out the beats of that tone as one counts seconds ... "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three..." Precisely once per second, a fearsome {{{*BRROMMPT*}}} would issue from the speakers - like the sound of someone dropping a huge object onto the floor. I only did this a couple of times -- scaring the wits out of myself -- fearing at the very least I would fry the sound system and at the very worst send the entire structure crumbling down to the ground!   And YES, I most definitely could FEEL the 1024-foot pitch. Or, rather, what I was actually feeling were the very profound upper partials! At that low range, even the partials speak in beats and not as "tones" -- of course, I could not hear or even feel, the actual ground tone. But I sure knew it was there. Had I generated a pure sine wave at that pitch, I would have neither felt nor heard ANY-thing. Until the "walls came a-tumblin' down..." And that's rather a scary thought!   And, actually, I realized I could go even LOWER, into the 2048-foot range, because the synth keyboard does not stop at CCCC, it goes down nine more notes to the E below. So by bending a 64-foot EEEEE town down four octaves ... WOW .......   AND, in fact, I could go even LOWER YET if I played a 5th on low E and the B above ....... and obtained the resultant tone in the 4096-ft. range.....   Yikes.   Well, I didn't even dare try, fearing I would tear a hole in the time-space continuum or something equally awful.   I will say, I did experience a very odd sense of vague foreboding - that tight, tickly sort of feeling in the pit of one's stomach, when I played those tones, even ever so briefly. While that does bear out what been reported in other infrasonic experiments, that infrasonic tones can cause feelings of dread or even induce nausea, it may have been due more to the fear -- real or imagined -- that I might indeed bring the building down if i didn't stop!   But this experiment did really get me to thinking. In a blazing "Oh My GOD" type of revelation, it suddenly occurred to me that there really is no such thing as a "lowest note." Tones just keep going lower and lower. After the 512-foot CCCCCCCC of 1 cps, tones can be measures as one beat per X number of seconds rather than vice-versa. E.g., 1024-foot CCCCCCCCC would beat once every two seconds ... 2048-foot CCCCCCCCCC would beat once every four seconds ... and so on.   WHAT A FREAK-OUT!!!!!   Theremin players refer to the lowest playable note on their instrument as being "Zero Beat" when that's actually not what's happening at all. There is no such thing as "Zero Beats." The instrument does stop playing at a certain point, but not because it has really reached "the last note," but because it has exhausted ITS lowest range due to the limitation of the oscillators.   Thus, there does exist the potential for an infinitely low range of tones and from there could come a logical, if very bizarre, explanation of how the earth could indeed possess a resonance at 30 octaves below middle C as someone stated.   Or, rather, that tone is 16 octaves below middle C according to this site: http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/moments/s60069.htm   So, if the note CCCCCCCCCC, 14 octaves below middle C, is a 2048-ft. pitch, oscillating at 1 beat every four seconds, that means the earth's resonant frequency, "just" two octaves lower, would be CCCCCCCCCCCC, or 8192 ft., or a beat every 16 seconds. Meaning the octave between, 15 octaves below middle C, or 4096 ft., oscillates at one beat every eight seconds. And there's that odd symmetry of numbers again.......   Pondering all this, one can well imagine of Joshua was a bit "ahead of his time" and developed [or was given, by a cosmic friend] some type of "trumpet" that blasted such powerful, infrasonic tones that the walls of Jericho were brought down. I mean, really. How ELSE could it have happened?!   ~ C   P.S. There has even been an "infrasonic recital rehearsal" at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral!   See: http://www.infrasonicmusic.co.uk/background.htm      
(back) Subject: RE: The old organ of Stavanger Cathedral (x-post) From: "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com> Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 08:58:25 -0000   I heard a good "Brummie" joke this week. (Brummie describes those who = come from Birmingham UK - not AL)   Two men in Birmingham, arguing about how the name should be pronounced:   A: It's Burmigham! B: It's Brummagem! A: No, it's Burmigham! B: Tell you wot - we'll go into this restaurant and ask the bloke behind = the counter. A: "To pimply youth behind counter) How do you say the name of the place where we are now? Youth: BurgerKing!     Will Light Coventry UK   -----Original Message----- From: pipechat@pipechat.org [mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org] On Behalf Of Colin Mitchell SNIP!   I've heard two great lines of comedy this week.   SNIP!   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK        
(back) Subject: RE: Make 'em sing! From: "Will Light" <will.light@btinternet.com> Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 09:03:21 -0000   Here is a story I told on another group, and apologies for repeating it = here to Alan and any others who were bored by it before, but I think it's = just about on topic!   It was our all-singing but thankfully not all-dancing Carol Service last night. I had simply been told that I was expected to play Prelude, 5 well-known carols and the Postlude, the rest being done by others, i.e. = the Junior Worship Band, Dayspring 2 (the training section of our Steel = Band), The Singing Group, readers etc. etc. When I arrived, I found we were "in = the round" or rather "in the isosceles triangle", the seating having been re-arranged in a long thin triangle with the Junior Worship Band at one vertex, the steel band at another and the organ console and a reader's lectern at the third. (Not a configuration we have ever had before.) A = table with a cross and loads of candles was in the centre. I arrived 30 = minutes before the service started, but only five minutes before, when I was = well into playing the Prelude did someone give me an order of service. I = quickly opened it and slotted it behind the mass of music on the desk so I could just see the hymn numbers and lessons etc. and carried on playing. All = went well until hymn 127 - Unto us a boy is born! (Puer nobis) Very dramatic = - I went into theatre organ word painting mode - Verse 3 - sub and super couplers on full swell - 32' resultant bass - loads of roaring and = snarling for "Herod then with fear was filled: ... All the little boys he = killed... " etc. Then a quiet verse for "Now may Mary's son who came so long = ago...." Big Great Trumpet fanfare stuff for the last verse when I suddenly = became aware that something was wrong... people were not singing, worse still, = some were sitting down! I hastily concocted the fanfare into a kind of festal flourish and stopped. Pulling the order of service out from where it was half concealed behind the assorted music I saw: Hymn 127 OMITTING VERSE = 3! Poor baby Jesus, born so long ago to save us had been treated to Wicked Herod's roaring and snarlings, and the triumphant "Let the organ = thunder" verse had 8' and 4' flute! During the offertory, I was just launching = into the Shepherds Pastorale bit from "Messiah" on lush strings when, = unannounced on the programme, the Steel Band burst out with "Winter Wonderland"!! Another hasty stop! Afterwards people were very kind and said "Why = should we omit verse 3 about Herod?" - and others said, "We were singing it = anyway!" But after all was said and done, we made good music anyway, the singing group, augmented by some new young people who have recently come to join = us, sang a new carol arrangement (to me anyway) - the best singing I've ever heard them do - probably because of the new extra voices and even the = Junior Worship Band (aged between 5 and 9 years old) plonked their way solidly through "Come and join the Celebration" without too many slips! We heard = the Gospel story again and some modern meditations on it, and all the = candles got lit. Mums and Dads, many new ones, who had come to hear their kids = play in the bands enjoyed coffee and mince pies with the regulars. A good = night - in spite of naughty Herod! (And we didn't forget to pray for Heather, = the lovely lady who planned it all, but who is recovering from a mastectomy = in hospital having been diagnosed with the same thing that carried her = mother off 30 years ago...)   Will Light Coventry UK