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Unspired by the linked idea.
Cathedrals often contain magnificent organs (no, stoppit). These
consist of vast arrays of pipes, connected by an intestinal set of
plumbing via a keyboard to a windbox. Various stops connect
different groups of pipes to the keyboard.
The effect is all very
impressive, but only available inside cathedrals.
This somewhat limits the utility of the organ.
Howevertheless, MaxCo. has recently launched the world's first
Marching Cathedral Organ Band. The MCOB consists of just under
7,012 players, each carrying a single pipe. The pipes range in height
from about 5 inches to the full 23ft. Rather than connecting to an air
supply and keyboard, each pipe is fitted with a mouthpiece, blown by
the respective performer.
The full MCOB, marching ten abreast, takes about 12 minutes to pass
any given point. Alternatively, the players can be arranged in static
formation for a fixed performance; given that the players vastly
outnumber the audience, it is usually most convenient to reverse the
normal arrangement, and have the audience sit in on the stage while
the organists sit around them in a horse-shoe configuration.
On a smaller scale...
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2016]
||I would like to see the fella blowing the 23 foot pipe.
||No, you really wouldn't. His name is Erick, and he's
taller lying down than standing up.
||This might entirely uninspire me to invent the
Jumping Jews Harp Zither. Its a complex chording
instrument comprised of plethora of jews harp
players, each of which hop on one leg or jump with
both legs held together as one, as the single note is
played. The huge spatial difference and the timing of
the atmosphere all contribute to a tearfully
incoherent mess of jarring confusion, jumping up and
down. As if its all coming from one single zither, but
one thats been stamped on and run over and spread
a considerable distance apart (although that may not
have had a noticeable effect on the sound).
||Organ pipes are usually pitched in binary multiples of 4' (e.g.
8, 16, 32, 64 feet.) I've never heard a 64 footer; must be like
thunder! ~17 Hz.
||Yes - the 5" set of pipes are for playing demented
||I would like to hear a pitch of -17Hz.
||No problem. Just sit down in this chair and keep still while we place this galvanized iron bucket over your head.
||[Max] you've done it again
||I have? I'm really sorry.
||This is good, and could be improved with a good organist playing on a MIDI keyboard connected to a wireless device. Each player should carry a receiver that vibrates when the organist play their note. The remotely controlled "players" not even need to know music; just must blow while the receiver vibrates. I want to play one of these.
||Silly, silly, silly one bun
||It's would be easier if the organists make a
compact circle, and the audience walk around
the perimeter. Occasional gaps in musicians
so people could go back to their favourite bit