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Funny Noises for the Connoisseur Paperback – June 1, 2003

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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Experimental Musical Instruments (June 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0972731318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972731317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bart Hopkin, lead author and funny moise maker, is director of Experimental Musical Instruments, an organization devoted to interesting and unusual instruments of every imaginable sort. His previous publications include Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones (a book & CD devoted to intruments from some of the most inventive builders worldwide), Musical Instrument Design: (practical information for instrument making), and many more.

Bart is joined in this project by Ray Brunelle and Vincent Nicastro, both experts in the field. Ray Brunelle is a sound effects specialist and an active contributor to commercial sound-effects libraries; he has also studied and written on the history of sound effects. Vince Nicastro is a Foley artist with an impressive list of major film credits behind him.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bud Grubber on November 22, 2006
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This is not really a how to book. It is more of a compendium of noisy ideas. Many of the ideas have already appeared in Bart Hopkin's "Musical Instrument Design" but are presented here in a simplified way with less emphasis on exact tuneablity and more on chaos. I only gave the book four stars because I already have some of Hopkins' other books and I wish that this one was longer. The companion CD is really a fun listen.
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By Thing on July 24, 2013
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This is an excellent little book.
Not as comprehensive as Musical Instrument building, which is kind of "the one" to get, but the format of this is great, and has some very funny ideas indeed.

I love pretty much everything Bart Hopkin does, his books and music. He is a very interesting chappie.
If you like experimenting, and strange new sounds, he's the guy.


[this part of the "review" I'm just copying+pasting from my other reviews on Bart Hopkin books, since I think I have pretty much the same sentiment for all of his books, and I'm LAZY with multiple reviews (: ]

This book is great, and opens up a lot of possibilities for new sounds. It is very imaginative!
All books by Bart Hopkin that I own are excellent. They are all 5 star books for me. They all open up beautiful and strange new possibilities for sounds.
The ones I own are
- Musical Instrument design
- Experimental Musical Instruments back issues on CD
- Funny Noises for the Connoisseur
- Plosives and Aerophones
- Getting a bigger sound
- Nice Noise [written with another author, Yuri Landman]
- I own a few of Bart's albums

I think the only book I don't own is the "Wind Chimes" one, since I'm not really a "wind chime" kind of guy, but I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I should just grab it anyway, in case it is even a fraction as interesting as the other books. I don't know, though.... wind chimes..... I might give it a go.....

Thanks for putting this stuff together!
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