Monday, 6 September 2010

All Kinds Of Music 3: Sound Machines

by John Paynter.

"Listen carefully with seismographic delicacy to the sounds of the environment around you."


  1. A favourite book. The photo of the bell-ringers at the top is priceless.

  2. yeah, it's like god himself is coming on down. I like the Talking Point section towards the back, How Loud Should Music Be? and the newspaper clips about noise sending people mad. next post - George Self, Make A New Sound. lovely lovely.

  3. This is the best thing I have ever seen.

  4. I'm really glad you like it. It's a must get. there's a page on how to make your own ear harp, a section describing a 19th century instrument called The Rock Harmonicon and this seemingly, impossible exercise below. It's inspiring the way Paynter prompts you to embark upon ambitious musical tasks while having you believe that it's all so easy to do great works of music....

    "Paul Klee's picture of a 'Twittering Machine' might be a design for a mechanical musical instrument. Could you design something similar-give it an appropriate name? Build it if possible. Alternatively, make up a name for an instrument, and then-from the ideas that the name suggests-design it and build it. And, of course, make some music for it. Don't try to copy the usual kinds of musical instrument. Invent some totally new ones."

  5. Fantastic! Ta for that. [grabs hat, coat and scarf and heads off to the internet shops...]