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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000219.txt from 1999/04

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Materials when decoupled from the performer
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 11:15:26 -0400

On Sun, 4 Apr 1999, Mark Charette wrote:
> In this case the performer (organist) was totally decoupled mechanically
> from the physical sound production mechanism (he/she didn't "touch" the
> tubes, only opened and closed valves which allowed air into the
> respective tubes).
> To be clear and precise, this effect is what I mean when I talk of the
> materials not affecting the sound.

In this context, I wholeheartedly agree with the issue of materials not
affecting sound.

However, if the person were to be responsible for using their physical
approach to the instrument - in terms of sealing off air leaks (embouchure
around the mouthpiece), amount of actual air pressure, the variable that
is infinte with every human being's aural cavity, the reaction and
subsequent adjustment to perceived air pressure and the way the instrument
responds, the resistance felt when blowing through the instrument, I
submit that the test is than a different one. An organ is not a clarinet
(kind of dumb of me to point that out I guess) - it is played with more
influence by the performer as far as sound production goes. Since we are
discussing sound as being affected by materials, it is just as important
to recognize the performer's affect on the sound through his reaction to
what he feels (resistance/response.....not emotional feeling) as it is to
recognize his lack of affect on such when it is not part of that
performance - such as the organ example.

A question though - was the organ played with only the pipe that was
affected by the water, or were all pipes playing at the same time?
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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