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Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Design Paperback – January 1, 1996
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Check out the "windworld" web site for some examples of the experimental instruments Hopkin has created.
The book contains information on building materials (with tips on where to get them), music and sound theory, and some history when relevant to an instrument he is trying to emulate. It's certainly not exhaustive, but gives you just enough to get your creativity flowing. I would have liked to see more illustrations and or photographs showing the assembly of some of these instruments, but that's not to say that the book isn't already full of illustrations. I just want more.
One other thing to note is that this isn't a book about making toys for kids. No pie plate tambourines here. This is 175 pages of serious information and ideas, a bargain at this price.
From then on one can go and find more specific and technical sources if needed. But again, this is an excellent starting point for any person interested in experimenting with instrument making.
But they are all worth getting.
I felt this exposed me to lots of strange new ideas and possibilities.
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, and want to learn more about it, he's the go-to guy....
...as well as Harry Partch's book "Genesis of a Music".
[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!
I recommend Hopkin's book to hobbyists, tinkerers, those who have failed at making instruments on their own; music, art, or classroom teachers; musicians; and I think, most importantly, composers. For composers, new vistas of tone color, sound production, and tonalities appear - through acoustic instruments - no need for electronic synthesis or sampling!