Saturday, December 10, 2005

Wind, song for Zapotec clay flute

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In the last post we looked at a Zapotec clay flute & whistle. Last January I was invited to perform during each of the four days at the 2005 TED Conference in Monterey. -How that invitation came about is another story for another post.

Each day had a name from the four elements of our planet: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. I was asked me to come up with something for each day that reflected it's theme. For Day 2, Wind, I choose to play the Zapotec clay flute and whistle along with some wind chambers that were made by the same maker, Nash, based on Meso-American designs.

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These flutes were acompanied by nature sounds that I had designed to work with that day's theme in a 5.1 surround sound mix, which were then mixed by the sound techs at TED. The performances were also video taped. I've posted an excerpt of the video and the entire performance as an mp3 below.

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WATCH A VIDEO OF WIND
These are large files and can load slowly. If you don't have a fast internet connection you might want to consider the MP3 below.
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QuickTime 3.3MB
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LISTEN TO WIND
MP3 984KB


2 comments:

  1. Cathy8:00 PM

    There is only one thing to say about this particular blog and sound sample...this instrument needs to be featured in a future release of yours. The sound you create with it is breathtaking!

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  2. There is a piece on Sacred Dreams called Summoning the Ancients that uses a clay whistle. In the future I may record a piece for this instrument.

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