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There seems to be a trend (at least here on the HB and,
therefore, no doubt in the real world) for bizarrely loud
musical instruments. Turbojet-powered woodwind, metal-
shredding pipe organs and the like.
But much music was written for vocal accompaniment, and
these ideas leave the human voice
trailing quietly behind.
True, one can use a microphone and amplification, but
the fun in that?
Proposed, therefore, is a turbo-augmented vocalist.
modest surgery can provide a port connected to the lower
of the trachea, and opening onto the front of the chest.
port, in turn, can be connected to a chest-mounted power-
driven fan. (A small jet engine would be ideal, but only if
thermal issues can be managed; for the time being, an
electrically-driven fan will have to do.)
Thus enhanced, the vocalist will be able to belt out a tune
with a phenomenal volume. Moreover, said vocalist should
able to sustain a fantastically long
note - they will simply breath in and out normally, causing
only a very minor fluctuation in the airflow over the vocal
Two different frequencies, dancing together [neutrinos_shadow, Nov 07 2019]
||<Contemplates connecting up Justin Bieber to a 5 Bar air line/>
||Bunbunbunbunbunbunbun ..... [+]
||Option: use a positive-displacement compressor (piston
type) instead of a fan. Then you can get fluctuating airflow
at a controllable frequency as well.
||Only if the piston operates at a few hundred hertz, though.
||No no, controllable frequency. To work WITH the vocal
chords, not instead of. So you can get interference effects
(beat frequency) and stuff. Maybe a fan AND a piston (like
"AC over DC" electrical signal) in parallel.
||Our porpoises might be crossed here. The vocal cords
(specifically the tension in them) determine the frequency,
but maybe that's what you meant.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], see linky. The vocal chords provide one
freq., the piston the other. As the air flows and
stops/reverses, sound happens, or not (in particular, air
flowing backwards through the vocal chords (and mouth etc)
sounds really weird).
||<Clippy> Sounds like you're designing a a mouth organ...
||Initial estimates are suggesting that to inflate Justin Bieber's body to the same size as his ego will require more than 80% of your planet's atmospheric gases.
||That's OK with you, is it ?
||We may have to boil a proportion of the oceans as well if the gas alone proves insufficient; usefully, water has an excellent coefficient of expansion.
||Can we use him as a CO2 sink?