more marbles

Subject: more marbles
From: Matt Rogalsky (
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 11:12:12 EST

Richard Maxfield's 'Piano Concert for David Tudor' (1961) includes a
loud episode of marbles being poured into a grand piano...

On 8 Nov 2004, at 10:59, Richard Zvonar wrote:

> At 9:33 PM +0200 11/7/04, erdem helvacioglu wrote:
> I am looking for electroacoustic pieces based on the sounds of
> marbles. Are there any pieces like this that I can listen to?
> The Art Guys in Houston, TX have a video piece based (I think) on ball
> bearings rolling down the strings inside a grand piano. Fixed camera
> on the area of the dampers: A small gliding sound is heard, then a
> small ball bearing appears from out of frame, rolling down the groove
> formed by a pair of strings. It strikes a damper, then bounces around
> a bit before coming to rest. A similar sound is heard, followed by
> another ball bearing, then another and another. More and more ball
> bearings appear in this fashion, increasing in size and frequency of
> arrival, until a veritable swam is rolling down the strings and
> bouncing around the dampers. Then there is a pause of a few seconds,
> followed by a much louder gliding sound... a bowling ball!
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