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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
outwards, and vice versa of course.
This means that as each musician plays their joined trombones,
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
my intention is to bring the idea into contact with actual
||Ok, political differences aside, a good idea is a good
||Very cool idea that captures my imagination. Thanks for
||May require special trombones.
||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.
||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.
||So nothing like a pulse-width modulated trombone
with only two notes then.
||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
||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
||Does the mirror go on the inside or the outside?
||A Klein-trombone could be interesting. Would it be able to