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The Sounds Of Ceramics
The sounds of peace and serenity
do not change. Those sounds are music. Musical sounds are imitative
of the natural sounds we learned in our collective innocence ancient years
ago. The age of humans makes us truly vessels of antiquity and it
is the ages this vessel holds that echoes and is touched so deeply by the
music and the sounds that make it up. From the lowest low attained
when the great bass stops are pulled on a giant pipe organ to the highest
trill of the tiniest whistle; from the gentle, earthy thump of the wooden
bongo drum to the floor shaking resonance of a concert tippany; from the
innocent and natural plunk of a kalimba to the formal and knowing sound
of a full-sized concert harp, sounds of music are many and varied and all
can be traced to sounds of nature, sounds of our ancient Earth. It
is with bits of that earth that humans have thrown, pinched, pressed, poured
and otherwise built musical instruments for eons. Although all musical
instruments can be traced to ancient times, it is those of clay that have
most direct and basic roots to antiquity.
Ceramic musical instruments
are made with a variety of techniques that remain basic. The sounds
they produce remain rooted and unchanging. The surface may catch
our eye at first, or perhaps the shape, but the true intrigue is the void
they encompass, for it is the void within the vessel that gives the sound
of all history.
Although clay has been
used to make bells, rattles, drums, horns and even stringed instruments,
ceramic musical instruments are whistles (simply put). In their basic
form, their origins date to stone age times, some of the earliest being
tens of thousands of years old found in Central Africa. For centuries,
they have been an important part of the global music culture, called "hsuan"
in China, in France a "cou cou", and to Italy we trace the word "Ocarina"
(sweet little goose), now part of the international vernacular. The
pitch of the sound produced in a vessel flute varies with the size, from
very small whistles that produce penetrating bird-like sounds to larger
vessels with soft and mellow, deep pitched sounds. The number and
sizes of the tone holes determine scaling which can range from a few little
notes to a nearly two octave range. Multiple chambers can produce
beautiful harmonics making the musical possibilities nearly limitless.
Further explanation could be made in relation to physics and high trigonometry,
but perhaps these two quotes will suffice. - R. Schmidt as published in
the exhibit program for "From Mud To Music", 1987
McConnell (Boys Of The Lough), "The greatest thing about the whistle
flute is that it plays the notes that don't exist, that is, the cracks
between the keys and even the cracks between the cracks."
Kelischek (master violin builder), "To impress those high-tech computer
types, tell them what an Ocarina really is: 'an animal-activated-solid-state-multi-frequency-sound-synthesizer."
Definitions We 'Borrowed'
After Searching UseNet,
The WWWebster's Dictionary,
And A Grand Lot Of
The Whole World Wide Web Itself:
Main Entry: oc*a*ri*na
Etymology: Italian, from Italian dialect, diminutive of
oca goose, from Late Latin auca, from Latin avis bird -- more at
Date: 1877 : a simple wind instrument typically
having an oval body with finger holes and a projecting mouthpiece
Can anyone tell me how this thing ( the ocarina ) is
played. It's got me stumped. There are three holes in the bottom
which do what? I got a nice clay one for my 10 year old
for Christmas and want to show her how to play it.
Hi experts! Please tell me what is a 'sweet potato'?
Subject: Re: What is 'sweet potato'? >> A " Sweet Potato" is
name for an Ocarina which is a musical instrument
played by blowing into it and fingering the various holes to produce
various notes . Kind of like mouth to mouth resuscitation only
more fun. s/ Moosemeat
Subject: Re: What is 'sweet potato'?
My only suggestion would be that, roughly speaking, this is
also called ocarina-Italian folk instrument & the info on
might be buried somewhere under that term.
Isn't an ocarina sort of an football-shaped instrument
about 4" long with> finger holes and a mouthpiece
drilled into it? Yes. I have one myself. The
ocarina, btw, is more donut-shaped. s/Paolo Valladolid
a nice lady who lives in the Heartland, says:
"OCARINAS ARE ELEMENTARY".
Visit links pages for more building
Shape : Classical,
as in Budrio's tradition (near Bologna) in the 19th Century, with a
dome in the left corner. Ten-twelve
tone holes (two on the bottom). Range : 13 notes
in chromatic scale, plus...? Mr.Takashi
The Four-Hole Western Scale
"The Name is John TAYLOR....John T and myself have been making them
since the 60's....JT has made the most varied
ocarinas of anyone I know....the first 4-hole western scale ocarina
I saw was a pendant with a face painted on it in
decorative style...JT was wearing it and showed it to me in Gloucester
Crescent Camden Town in 1964.... John Taylor
produced the first four-hole major scale tuning in 1964-as well
as doubles, triples and chord ocarinas.....special
tuning originated by John Taylor and developed differently by
Barry Jennings and John Taylor...." This is accurate
information quoted from correspondence with Barry Jennings and
John Taylor and the World Wide Web pages of
Originators". These two folks have often been referred to
by us here at Clayzeness as the ones responsible
for the Four-Hole Western Scale "English System", although we
wern't sure who they were. Thanks to the Internet, now we
know. Click HERE to see animation
of four hole do-re-mi scale.
What Is Juxtamorphic?
i am a ceramics student and my instructor has assigned the class
to make a wistle.
i have tried for three days and cant get it to wistle.
please help me <:)
To make a ceramic whistle, commonly known as an ocarina,
the main thing to keep in mind is that it works by splitting a
concentrated stream of air with a sharpened edge. This means
that you should construct the initial air channel so that some
air goes above, some below the edge. The rest of the ocarina
functions as a resonating chamber. This
enclosed hollow vessel may be pierced with holes which vary
the pitch when uncovered, the more being
open the higher the tone produced. Build the basic form first,
then let it dry to leather-hard before you try to
make it work. Ocarinas can be purchased in music stores
if you want a model to copy, but once you can
make it whistle almost any shape will function as a resonating
chamber. There are numerous examples from South
and Central Amer. of clay whistles in the forms of birds and
See the art of Andrew Werby: sculpture,
jewelry, and graphics. Browse the "techniques" section
for information on various art processes.
Link to places on the web with information useful to artists.
Be the first on your block to know what "juxtamorphic" art is!
s/Andrew Werby - United Artworks
Who Plays Ocarinas? Maynard
G. Krebs Did!!
He also played the Bongos.
And he played them for Dobie and
>I think a busker is a street musician -- a guy who sings and/or
>plays a musical instrument with a hat or guitar case for
>receiving money the passers-by toss in. There's a couple of
>who call themselves the Cambridge Buskers who give concerts
>are extremely entertaining. One plays a small accordion and
>other various instruments (flute, ocarina,
tin whistle, etc.).
>They give some marvelous imitations of symphony orchestras.
busk (busk) v.i.
<busked, busk-ing>Derived words
1. Chiefly Brit.
to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public
< Polari < It buscare to procure, get, gain < Sp buscar
to look for, seek.
"A report in the London Daily News of an ocarina concert at the Crystal
Palace in 1874 enthuses that the ocarinaists 'played a selection of operatic
morceaux with a perfect skill and execution'. This group were known as
the 'Mountaineers of the Apennines' and performed in London, Paris, Vienna,
Berlin, Lisbon and Rome. The group included Cesare Vicinelli, one of Budrio's
finest ocarina makers and the enterprising brothers Ercole and Alberto
Mezzetti. Ercole settled in Paris to make ocarinas and Alberto stayed in
England to patent and sell his brother's ocarinas, to write tutors and
to develop ocarina playing in Britain." -attributed to David
"That's not a piccolo,
it's an Ocarina. You know, the 'sweet potato'
"The Troggs - Wild Thing - lead on a piccolo..."
"If you listen to the original version of "Wild Thing" by The Troggs, you'll
hear an ocarina break...Reg Presley plays the ocarina
solo in "Wild Thing"(Chip Taylor)
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure
Come on and hold me tight
I love you
E D A D E
/ / / / / / / /
/ / / / / / / /
[ocarina solo over verse chords - no ocarina tab, but
there are only
four notes to it (E, G, A, and B) and you too should be able to play
it within five minutes of picking up an ocarina]
CLICK HERE FOR A 170KB MOVIE
OF REG PLAYING THE OCARINA!! Player should open in a new window...
as well as in "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas and the Papas. Of course
you can't forget the haunting notes of the ocarina in the theme
from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Clint was the "good guy" in that
Lemur Con '94
That Great Fluter Adrian Brett, a Treasured Member of Flutenet,
played the Ocarina for Clint, and we would like to thank him for
Was the first big alt.fan.lemurs gathering,
once again being held in Durham, North Carolina. Its success
had a lot to do with the fact that, forthe first time, someone from
the newsgroup was actually IN DURHAM and there-fore could coordinate events
with the Duke University Primate Center, set up a hotel, get the barbecue
stuff, and so forth without having to do a lot of long-distance calls.Lemurcon
'94 took place on a scorcher of a day, Saturday, July 9, 1994. Memorable
moments included: * Canopus nuzzling all of us, apparently out of affection
but actually looking for food * Chiggers, chiggers, chiggers! * Finding
the slimy thing in the box of Twinkies * Rollande
Krandall playing her ocarina to a troop of ringtails while
they swayed in time to the
This Part Is Scary For Us:
Please don't make scroll-in-place
the default. Scroll-up and scroll-down have a reasonable and predictable
programmatic interface. If the cursor is within the next-screen-context-lines
overlap zone, it won't be moved. Otherwise it will move to the beginning
of the closest line within the overlap zone. Remembering old cursor positions
are what marks are for, scroll-in-place's features are not worth
breaking old code. If you only knew how many times "VM scrolling
bugs" have been reported only to turn out to be bugs induced by scroll-in-place's
redefinition of scroll-up. If it's made the default, I think I'll
just throw myself out a window and hope I come back as an ocarina salesman.
Mailcrypt is generating this error because the person who installed it
did not load vm.elc or set up load-path so that Emacs could find
it. The installation instructions warn that the code may not compile
correctly if you don't set load-path properly. Clearly the warning
goes unheeded by many, which is why this question has been asked so many,
many times: Anyone want to buy an ocarina?
My only suggestion would
be that, roughly speaking, this is what is
also called ocarina - Italian
folk instrument & the info on how made
might be buried somewhere
under that term. Ceramic whistle sounds
like a scientist's term rather
musicians. cf. who would look
for violin making under chordophones?
I noticed that just today
someone added an ocarina page to the CeramicsWeb links.
Always Something New...
LADY IN THE PSYCHIATRIST'S WAITING ROOM:
She breathed in my ear, placed her fingers over my nostrils and played
my fat empty head like an ocarina... toot-toot-toot!
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