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by Sergey Dmitriev

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Sounds from the pipe. Flanger history.

In the year 1693 Christiaan Huygens noticed interesting 
sound phenomena near the fountain in the 
Château de Chantilly garden. Fountain sounds changes 
it's timbre with microtonal shifts being reflected from the 
stairway and this effect also changes along observer position. 
This effect is called Repetition Pitch or as we used to call 
it more often today  — Flanger. Now we only can imagine 
how long Christiaan enjoyed this sound phenomena in that 
beautiful place or it is just a handy legend to explain why 
he started his math explorations about it. 
Actually this effect is implicitly used by our minds to orient 
and helps localize sound sources in space more precisely.

That is why these two recordings — "pseudo explorations" 
of flanger with using flexible pipe and different objects 
(touristic foam, birch chips, glass, metal bowl, bubble wrap 
and zip-lock package).

Recordings done mostly without cut and post processing 
because of the importance of pure phenomena sound and 
enjoyment of it's opening as it was with the Dutch 
physicist 329 years ago. 


Mastering by Misha Gavrilov
Curated, lathe cut and text by S.Komarov
Cyland Media Art Lab.


released January 26, 2022


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The Cyland Audio Archive is a project of the Media Lab Cyland curated by Sergey Komarov

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