June 26, 2019

Gong.



Via Reddit. From the comments there:
"Yes, you guys in the back, we can hear your sorry ass voices all day long, so shut the fuck up for a few seconds, please?"/"Can you manage that?"
And:
That was seriously pissing me off. Dude is recording a two minute video demonstration of this thing producing subtle sounds, and some asswipe can't shut his trap long enough to record it in peace. The musician even signals to him to shut the fuck up, but he still keeps running his mouth. I'm not sure why that annoyed me so much, but I really fixated on it.

38 comments:

gerry said...

Haunting. Unbelievably cool. Amazing.

Fortunately, I am at work and cannot play anything too loudly since I am supposed to be working. I could not hear any chatter in the background.

Crimso said...

Camembert Electrique

stevew said...

Confirms what I often say, people suck. Not you people, all those other people.

Very cool sound, in spite of the chatter.

traditionalguy said...

I want one. I bet we order it from the Althouse Amazon Portal and get it in 2 days... With shipping free in exchange for a mere $119 Paid up front every year.

Howard said...

Sounds a little like Ligeti's Atmospheres

traditionalguy said...

I was right. It's $1,689 on Amazon. Free shipping, but the Stand is $381 and the Mallet is $100. Total is $2,170. The Professor probably gets $120 of the price.

Now, all that I have to do is talk the wife into it. She always wants to know where we will put it.I think I'll tell her the vibration is a pest control device.

richlb said...

Now haul off and whack that sucker!

Also, where is Gene Gene?

richlb said...

"...the Stand is $381..."

Compare and contrast to the Apple monitor stand.

bagoh20 said...

Somebody is overcompensating.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm seeing over $27,000 for that size Paiste symphonic gong.

Rick said...

Dude is recording a two minute video demonstration of this thing producing subtle sounds, and some asswipe can't shut his trap long enough to record it in peace.

Adults are the worst. I have a pack of 1-5 graders at a planetarium I keep shushing because no one can hear. It turns out it's the goddamn parents and they can't even shut up after I explain they are ruining the presentation for the kids.

traditionalguy said...

OMG. At $27,000 the Professor will get some real money. I'll stick to the 26 inch Symphonic Gong. Did you try Amazon?

traditionalguy said...

OK, you are right. The 80 model inch is not sold on Amazon. Size Matters .

Narr said...

Thank you for that. I would never have seen it left to myself.

Unlike Howard, I thought--not Ligeti--but Kubrick first.

Narr
2001 score

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

we'll go with 'Fanfare For the Common Man'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLMVB0B1_Ts

...or T.Rex

William said...

J. Arthur Rank has a much cooler gong. Also, the guy playing the instrument should be sweaty and naked from the waist up. For such a huge stage presence, the sound is surprisingly muted and subtle. I'd like a bigger gong for my buck. Given the size of the gong, you wouldn't expect whisperers to be a problem. Kettle drum players never have to hush the audience.

John Lynch said...

2001 score was Ligeti.

walter said...

Folks in back were marveling at a hub cap diamond star halo.

Darkisland said...

Ma's back there scritchin' in the kitchen,
Pa's in the living room grousing and a'bitchin
I'm out here, kicking the gong, for euphoria!

Gongs are cool.

John Henry

Tommy Duncan said...

For the first 90 seconds I was expecting Steppenwolf to break into "Magic Carpet Ride". The final 42 seconds I was waiting to hear the start of a Moody Blues tune.

Beasts of England said...

Not a single person said 'bang a gong, get it on'? Really?

walter said...

Dog gong yoga

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Beasts
implied at 5:13, 5:48, so we're good!
You're an untamed youth that's the truth

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

it's the Falun Gong that really take a beating

h said...

I'm sorry for those who can't hear the beauty in this sound. And it was made using traditional techniques of gong production, it's not an "electronic sound", or something. So it is a tribute to the technical skills of the people who produced the instrument, and a tribute to the artistic skills of the guy who is figuring out how to get amazing sounds out of the instrument. If this were an Amati or a Stradivarius, and the player Itzhak Perlmann, commenter would be saying how incredible and how moving. Expand your horizons and hear this for what it is.

Beasts of England said...

Fair enough, Ingachuck'stoothlessARM!! I was just worried... ;)

Greg Hlatky said...

Sounds a little like Ligeti's Atmospheres

Ligeti's Atmospheres has a separate staff for each string instrument. So the score is about 3 feet tall. Really.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

@Beast
Dont fret, ma bĂȘte !

...but didnt you forget...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPMKlEwrIs8

Ann Althouse said...

It's funny that you expect the guy to give it a big hit, but he never does. He has a big mallet, but he does subtle things with it, then he moves on to a very tiny mallet.

I have a special love of humor based on the big/small contrast, so I really enjoyed this. I'm serious -- I believe no one is as amused by big and small as I am. If you have any big-and-small humor to offer me, I'm very interested.

Just to give one example, I once laughed an insanely long time when somebody said "That's my Santa Claus hat" when I asked him what that freckle-sized red dot on his scalp was.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

baggy condoms-- those arent funny

rhhardin said...

Bessel functions

Howard said...

Blogger Ann Althouse said...

It's funny that you expect the guy to give it a big hit, but he never does. He has a big mallet, but he does subtle things with it, then he moves on to a very tiny mallet.

I have a special love of humor based on the big/small contrast, so I really enjoyed this. I'm serious -- I believe no one is as amused by big and small as I am. If you have any big-and-small humor to offer me, I'm very interested.

Just to give one example, I once laughed an insanely long time when somebody said "That's my Santa Claus hat" when I asked him what that freckle-sized red dot on his scalp was.


More female priviledge. Given the symphonic hint, the shape of the metal and the soft hammer, only an igiot would expect him to hit it hard. I've observed that women are like teenage boys who think one can accomplish a lot of work by violent force. This is just another aspect of slow smooth fast. Leverage, angles let the tool do the work, etc.

You think it's funny because of your ignorance of how the physical world works, especially when operated by meat, tendon and bone. Maybe you could have a good laugh along with your deplorable patrons at a small Mexican man with a shovel out dig a powerful ditch witch. Picture them dressed in a sirsucker suits sipping mint julips on the veranda. Now that's funny where the small are made to look nanoscopic!

Howard said...

rhhardon said the same thing with two words.

tim in vermont said...

baggy condoms-- those arent funny

lol.

JMW Turner said...

William, I think a turban on his head would also help.

Todd Roberson said...

Howard seems nice!

Chris said...

Damn! I want it.

policraticus said...

So that is an acoustic Theremin.

Fascinating!