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The Reciprocating Binary Trombone Orchestra

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The Reciprocating Binary Trombone Orchestra is created by two players of the distinctive brass wind instrument, who face directly towards each other, and play connected trombones.

The reciprocating binary action is generated because the two trombones are physically attached to each other in such a way as when one musician pulls the note altering slide inwards, this simultaneously causes the slide of the opposing instrument to travel outwards, and vice versa of course.

This means that as each musician plays their joined trombones, they create a set of reciprocating movements, along with the resulting duet of “opposite” sounds. Sets of coordinated sheet music ensure that both musicians are playing the same unified composition.

The Reciprocating Binary Trombone Orchestra may eventually be part of a larger ensemble of shared instruments, and as a good friend is the Professor of the School of Music at my local University, my intention is to bring the idea into contact with actual composers and musicians.

xenzag, Nov 26 2017


       Ok, political differences aside, a good idea is a good idea. [+]
doctorremulac3, Nov 26 2017

       Very cool idea that captures my imagination. Thanks for sharing!
Treejuice, Nov 26 2017

       May require special trombones.
FlyingToaster, Nov 26 2017

       Can I suggest an addition to the orchestra? Have piano pairs wherein the hands of one player are held by rods at a fixed distance from those of another. If the pianos were angled rather than colinear, interesting (though probably not pleasant) combinations would arise. One could also use some interesting non-linear cams and levers for more complex relationships.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 26 2017

       You get a similar effect by putting a guitar pickup on either end of a guitar string. One note goes up the other goes down. I've played around with this and you get a spooky dissonant sound as you move the slide (as in slide guitar) from harmonious note pair to harmonious note pair.
doctorremulac3, Nov 26 2017

       So nothing like a pulse-width modulated trombone with only two notes then.
RayfordSteele, Nov 26 2017

       I have a large collection of minimalist and experimental music, but this would also be an act of choreographed visual impact, with the actual sounds being of complimentary importance.
xenzag, Nov 26 2017

       Just to add that the two trombones should not be the same as one another, but should be mirror images of each other. This will require some specialist musical instrument crafting, but is important
hippo, Nov 26 2017

       Does the mirror go on the inside or the outside?   

       A Klein-trombone could be interesting. Would it be able to play itself?
RayfordSteele, Nov 26 2017


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