Peter Cooke Uganda Collection

Tuning of xylophone (1)

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:05:16

  • Cultures

    Ganda

  • Shelf mark

    C23/52

  • Subjects

    Info on pitch perception

  • Recording date

    1992-01-24

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Cooke Uganda Recordings

  • Recording locations

    Music Department, Institute of Teacher Education, Kyambogo, Kampala, Uganda

  • Performers

    Ssebuwufu, Simeo (ensaasi)

  • Recordist

    Cooke, Peter

  • Description

    Item note: Info on pitch perception. Throughout the tuning process of this instrument Ssebuwufu used a plastic notched flute of the size known among Ganda royal musicians as ensaasi. The flute had been made by Ssebuwufu's late colleague Blasio Busuulwa (former member of the abalere ba Kabaka (flutists of the King) formerly an instrument maker also at ITEK). Ssebuwufu used this flute as a standard tuning reference for all xylophones made at ITEK. Ssebuwu used it frequently to check pitches as will be heard on this and subsequent recordings. Performance note: The session concludes with the fieldworker demonstrating practically how the second harmonic of the lowest key can be tuned to agree better with the fundamental pitch of the same key. Performer's note: Former member of the royal akadinda team, now instrument maker at ITEK. Recording note: Stereo digital recordings were made using a Sony DAT Walkman machine on cassettes mostly of two hours duration with Sennheiser omnidirectional microphones. Recordist's note: In Peter Cooke's notes, this is PCUG92.1.1 (PGM 01-08).

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Tuning of xylophone (1)

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