16. April 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Links, Ramble

You can hear it here. I do notice that a man is kind of pushing or pulling on al elephant to get it to play different pitches. Hmmm.

No reeds necessary. Nice.

I found it here first.

In other, less large news
First final dress (we have two casts, thus two final dress rehearsals) of Magic Flute today. It’s the one where children attend. We’ll see what they think!

16. April 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

… is there anything else a person can do with his or her time?

Well. Sure. Pen spinning might be the answer.

16. April 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

For me, the creative act is not unlike being an athlete. If you’re in shape, things tend to flow, and if you’re out of shape, it takes some patience and effort to get back in. If I’ve been away traveling for two or three weeks, I can often have a difficult, stubborn time getting going again.

-John Adams

(Read at Lawrence Dillon’s site here.)

16. April 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

Liang Wang’s Reed Making Session.

Heh. This will make you think you can make a reed in about 2 minutes or less! You won’t really learn anything, but it’s fun to see him doing a bit of reed making.

I’m more likely to want to do this. (But see how stubborn an oboe reed can be?!) Seems as if fiery reeds are fun for a number of people.

Okay … but for some real music (honest), enjoy this. There’s nothing like the sound of a bunch of double reeds. And just so you know we also really swing big time, try this. Well. Okay. Maybe we don’t really swing all that much. (But yes, those are baroque instruments.)

Moving to BassoonLand™ …
Nutcracker does cause one to go a bit nuts. (Yeah, that’s about how witty I am: Nutcracker/nuts. Wow. Who’da thunk it?)

And here’s a bassoon lesson by Frank Morelli and a “reed lesson” by the same. (He gives a bit more info than Liang Wang does.)