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What's the best device for making the good sounds?

The Electric Guitar (with the fuzztone!)
3
23%
The Electric Guitar (with the fuzztone!)
0
No votes
The Double Bass (the stand-up, baby)
0
No votes
The Double Bass (the stand-up, baby)
2
15%
The Acoustic Guitar (steel string or nylon)
0
No votes
The Acoustic Guitar (steel string or nylon)
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (blues keyboards)
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (blues keyboards)
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (the blues keyboards)
0
No votes
The Hammond or Rhodes (the blues keyboards)
3
23%
The Acoustic Guitar (steel or nylon)
0
No votes
The Acoustic Guitar (steel or nylon)
1
8%
The Free Reeds (accordion, harmonica, bagpipe)
0
No votes
The Free Reeds (accordion, harmonica, bagpipe)
1
8%
The Classical Strings (violin, cello, erhu)
0
No votes
The Classical Strings (violin, cello, erhu)
0
No votes
The Computer or Drum Machine
0
No votes
The Computer or Drum Machine
1
8%
The Fixed Reeds (clarinet, saxophone)
0
No votes
Brass!
2
15%
 
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Well, The Roxichord Approximator was clearly constructed by Sam Coomes himself. From the front it looks coffin-like and rockin' but from the back it looks like he tore the upholstery out of a couch and put a piano in it.
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I've nowt seen it from the player's (i.e. Sam's) side, just the back (since you know, I'm standing in the front row, being a goober) -- thx for confirming my suspicions that something sofa-upholstery-like was going on in there. :D
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I'm saddened by the fact that no one else has voted for Brass. :(
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Odd thing about brass - lovely for a stirring march or some vigorous genres of Caribbean dancehall music (and here I refer to the "ska" phenomenon so popular in Jamaica and elsewhere), but rarely soothing or, dare I say, melancholy, except in Classical arrangements and ensembles currently fallen in disfavor. Fashion is a fickle beast, never entirely tamed.

Brass has a certain anthemic military flair, however, that I think is often overlooked by today's composers.
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grant wrote:Odd thing about brass - lovely for a stirring march or some vigorous genres of Caribbean dancehall music (and here I refer to the "ska" phenomenon so popular in Jamaica and elsewhere), but rarely soothing or, dare I say, melancholy, except in Classical arrangements and ensembles currently fallen in disfavor. Fashion is a fickle beast, never entirely tamed.
I think that depends on which brass. Trumpets scream march (or Beulah), but as an ex-French horn player, I've always felt that the horn was best suited to rounding out other sounds and, in well-arranged pieces, lending other instruments a fullness in which they may echo. The tuba and baritone guard the low end, the trumpet picks the high end, and the horn is left somewhere in between--but always ready to scale up and over the trumpet if absolutely necessary. It has such a warm, comforting sound--check the use on "Blue Diamonds" for nice thematic reference. French horns on rock albums always seem to have a particular distant presence that allows them to fill out a song without taking it over.
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French Horn also has a nice role on "After the Gold Rush" by Neil Young and "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. (at least I think those are french horns).

It's so melancholy but authoritative.

Whereas an oboe always just makes me giggle.
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Merlin wrote:Whereas an oboe always just makes me giggle.
Oboes always seem to say, in a rather trite way, "we're being SERIOUS and MELANCHOLY here, people!" in a way that lacks the subtleness of a muted french horn.
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The local radio broadcast of "Evenin' Jazz" uses, as its signature tune, one of the most unusual applications of the oboe I have ever heard: Yusuf Lateef playing a version of "In the Evening."

Quite something, that.

French horns - lovely, distant, emotionally wrought instruments. Yes. I am all in favor. Practically woodwinds, those things. Use 'em in autos, they should. Certainly make driving a bit more pleasant.
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I just wish my filecard for french horns weren't Winchester on M*A*S*H.
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shld. clarify: popsongs that use oboes as emotional shorthand are trite and annoying....
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Merlin wrote:French Horn also has a nice role on "After the Gold Rush" by Neil Young and "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys. (at least I think those are french horns).
Also lots of nice support on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and that one Beatles song. You know, the one with the horn?
Merlin wrote:Whereas an oboe always just makes me giggle.
If I remember properly, the mean nasty trumpet players used to quack at our oboe player. (BAND NERD!) I also remember one of my fellow horn-players referring to a bassoon as a "farting bedpost."
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miss michaela dee wrote:
Merlin wrote:Whereas an oboe always just makes me giggle.
Oboes always seem to say, in a rather trite way, "we're being SERIOUS and MELANCHOLY here, people!" in a way that lacks the subtleness of a muted french horn.
i dunno... mozart wrote a few really sad oboes... it can be done!

that said, i miss moog synthesizers in this poll. and the arp odyssey
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Liz wrote:
miss michaela dee wrote:
Merlin wrote:Whereas an oboe always just makes me giggle.
Oboes always seem to say, in a rather trite way, "we're being SERIOUS and MELANCHOLY here, people!" in a way that lacks the subtleness of a muted french horn.
i dunno... mozart wrote a few really sad oboes... it can be done!

that said, i miss moog synthesizers in this poll. and the arp odyssey
If you'll look up a few posts, you'll see that I clarified. I have no beef with the use of oboes in classical compositions.
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miss michaela dee wrote:If you'll look up a few posts, you'll see that I clarified. I have no beef with the use of oboes in classical compositions.
Ummm I just wanted to prove that there's always a good reason to read *all* posts in a thread (aka lame excuse no.27)
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