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Skipping ropes have the capacity to make a range of sounds,
according to their length, frequency and material
composition. The idea is to therefore harness this
characteristic by assembling and conducting an orchestra of
The initial compositions would resemble the minimalist
of Phil Niblock, whom I naturally really like (if he happens to
be reading this - how likely is that?) Other musical styles are
possible, with a few modifications to the rope, by the
introduction of reeds spliced into the fibre, and taking
advantage of the beats made by the dancing feet. The
performers could also sing, in a breathless sort of way as
whirred and tap danced through (for example) a medley of
mumumumumumumumumumumum [xenzag, Mar 02 2006]
Sounds like a work-out version of Stomp
[fridge duck, Mar 02 2006]
||Didn't Malcolm McLaren / Trevor Horn use the whirring of ropes as the intro to "Buffalo Gals"?  Or was it "Double Dutch"? Yes, that seems more likely.
||It is a testament to [xenzag]'s inventiveness that this is quite a pedestrian and sensible idea for him.
||+ I love this and I'll tell Phil about it.
||[old composers sit up in their graves]
||At last! the missing link instrument between wind and percussion.
||...and wouldn't it be great to see hundreds of 'ghetto' kids suddenly in big demand for orchestra positions around the world.
||But...you're skipping all the good parts.
||I actually did get to meet Phil Niblock last year, after experiencing one of his performances (a most brilliant night).