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johnm

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giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« on: April 03, 2010, 08:59:30 AM »

After branching off from the recent whipping top videos, I watched some of the videos of the performance of Peter Schat's "To You" composition which features several large (man sized) pump tops as musical instruments.  Although the 'art' of the performance is outside my taste, it was interesting to see the tops.  The following two videos highlight the pump tops but it seems the entire performance is in the related videos in 3 parts on Youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlTURGUESQE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PmH-lkZjSA
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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 10:52:12 AM »

Tops continue to stretch my mind! Each time I think I have a good grasp of the "top universe" out there, something else blows my mind!

From the 3 part series on youtube:
"'To You' (1972) by Peter Schat (1935-2003) for soprano, large ensemble and giant humming tops on a poem by Adrian Mitchell, performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw at the Holland Festival 1987 by the Festival Ensemble, Lucia Meeuwsen - soprano, and conducted by Kenneth Montgommery."

I wonder if he made any other composition for giant humming tops and how he described the sound. Perhaps the music score says something like: "should sound like the traditional child musical pump top from LBZ, Chein or Ohio Art" ?  I find it strange that the plunge sound is much louder than the reed sound from the tops.

The 3 part performance is a different one than the one on those spintop highlights. It is difficult to say if the top instruments are the same or not. That performance appears to have 4 giant plunge tops. These are screen captures:




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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 11:12:32 AM »

As an avid top collector, I would love to have one of the "giant pump tops"  Wow.  Where would I put it?   :-\ :-\ ;)
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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 11:32:55 AM »

Pretty wild!
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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010, 03:40:58 PM »

Do you think we can get the National Yo-Yo Museum to start a big top corner?
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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2010, 09:21:59 PM »

The sound produced by those big tops remind me the one of the australian aborigin musical instruments colt "dire-diyu".

The uniques musical tops I´ve got are the monobolos!!! that make sound the air when they are spinning!! :D
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Re: giant humming pump tops in musical performance
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2010, 10:32:19 PM »

As an avid top collector, I would love to have one of the "giant pump tops"  Wow.  Where would I put it?   :-\ :-\ ;)
ON your house, of course!   8)
It could double as a lighting rod?
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