Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Bullroarer

Jane R bunge91@hotmail.com
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 09:30:21 +1000

Of course a ruler works, that's what I meant. A Bullroarer is only about 
15mm long, so not as much air passes over and through it as would a 12" 
ruler. So it is much harder to use, believe me. Your arms get sore. But I'm 
sure Rob would master it easily.
Jane :-)

>From: C-ko Linde <spinifex@speakeasy.org>
>To: Jane R <bunge91@hotmail.com>
>CC: "powderworks@cs.colorado.edu" <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
>Subject: Re: [Powderworks] Bullroarer
>Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 01:05:20 -0700 (PDT)
>On Sat, 1 Jun 2002, Jane R wrote:
> > It's actually no surprise to me that Rob has said that it is not a real
> > Bullroarer. Have any workers tried to use one?!!! They are hard to get a
> > sound out of and in particular a consistant sound that we hear on the
> > begining and ending of Bullroarer.
>Ruler works. I tried this a few years ago, in my 'I want to be Einsturzende
>Neubauten' noise music phase.
>Take a 12" ruler, preferably wood, with holes in it. Tie string to one of
>the outer holes. Twirl above head, at a very fast and consistent speed. Try
>not to behead anyone. Eventually, you'll get that
>'rrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrr' sound that comes from the air passing over the
>ruler. The tricky thing is to keep it at a consistent speed.
>"It's hard to enjoy a $40 bottle of wine while watching a deeply troubled
>woman screaming "BITH! HOAR!" at a one-legged pigeon for 20 minutes."
>                                     - The Stranger newspaper on Seattle -
>....C-ko Linde......spinifex@speakeasy.org...............................
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