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Polaris 2021-02-03 21:25

Jaw harp duo
 
Hey !

For those who don't know, I'm currently studying ethnomusicology at the University of Montréal in Québec, Canada (from a distance), and have a course about creating and implementing videogame music and sound.

This is an idea for a main theme, and while I'm kind of out of sync in some places, I still thought I would share it here |)

https://soundcloud.com/urodelus/theme

I recorded the two tracks separately, these are two different jaw harps.

CS2x 2021-02-04 05:57

Hi Polaris. Thank you for sharing this. That is exciting that you are studying ethnomusicology! Please share more with us as you are able.

I really enjoyed what you shared, because jaw harps are a wonderful instrument, there was rhythmic excitement in your piece, and I like the kind of detune the two of them against each other created here. My ears sometimes get quite bored of equal temperament and anything off of the grid is welcome. I wouldn't have minded it going on quite a bit longer with further rhythmic explorations!

Polaris 2021-02-04 19:39

This was for a main menu theme, and it needed to be a 1-2 minutes loop, so I tried to just give it and arc without complicating it too much.

If you like this kind of stuff, I recommend you the works of Áron Szilágyi, he's the son of a jaw harp maker in Hungary, and I learned what I know during his workshops.

As you will hear, I was heavily inspired by his work |)'

https://soundcloud.com/doromb1/szila...on-csak-doromb

Neko 2021-02-05 17:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by Polaris (Post 459918)
This was for a main menu theme, and it needed to be a 1-2 minutes loop, so I tried to just give it and arc without complicating it too much.

If you like this kind of stuff, I recommend you the works of Áron Szilágyi, he's the son of a jaw harp maker in Hungary, and I learned what I know during his workshops.

As you will hear, I was heavily inspired by his work |)'

https://soundcloud.com/doromb1/szila...on-csak-doromb


What is this offkey music mess! Certainly not anything music theory should allow :D


nah just kidding, reminds me of a didgereedoo. Not sure how it would be in a game though

Polaris 2021-02-05 17:57

:p

It actually works in a similar way, just like the didgeridoo, the jaw harp produces a base note that remains the same, and you change the overtones with the shape of your mouth.

The game is something like a shareware, the main character being a robot. After doing some voice effects with me speaking through a jaw harp to make it sound robotic, I thought, why not do the main theme as well ?

It kinda fits, since the game has this half-serious, half-silly vibe, but it's not that important, since what the teachers mainly test is our ability to implement audio into the game, and making the structure fit.

SpaceGuitarist 2021-02-05 18:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neko (Post 459946)

What is this offkey music mess! Certainly not anything music theory should allow :D

|)|):lol:

leoboe 2021-02-06 13:51

Nice one! I love the jaw harp. Had to play it in a musical a few years ago (I was the percussionist). Only a few bars, but it’s extremely fun to play.

SpaceGuitarist 2021-02-06 14:52

This Áron Szilágyi guy music is interesting, sometimes it sounds like aliens talking. |)

SamuelRichards 2021-02-15 09:32

The harp is a very delicate and delicate instrument that can make unforgettable sounds, including those similar to alien ones.

Polaris 2021-02-15 14:01

For the same game I recorded this to, I made robot voice effects by speaking through the instrument |)


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