Tubas and Tinnitus
Holiday sounds and weird noises
Today’s post is purely in the spirit of the holiday and straight-up reportage. (Thanks to for the inspiration.)
On Saturday, Dec. 16th the 32nd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert was held in Portland, Oregon at Pioneer Square.
Usually the weather for the event is either raining…or cold…or cold AND raining. But this year the weather was bright and sunny with a decent temperature in the 50s, which made for an exceptional turnout of people to this fun event.
If you’ve never heard nearly 250 tubas and other brass instruments play Christmas Music like they were going to blow down the walls of Jericho, then you’re in luck. I recorded the event while I also took notes on the performers, who I later sketched.
Here’s a sample of the concert.
And now the art…
Here’s a few sketches of the various musicians at the event. (Pithy comments added in the captions.)
And now for the Tinnitus part of the newsletter…
Since I don’t know when to leave well enough alone, I decided to deconstruct, decontextualize and otherwise mess with the recordings I made at the Tuba fest.
Here’s “Joy to the World” slowed down multiple times, then layered, and then remixed with Tibetan Chants and various bells. I call it “Joy To The Drone.”
Totally weird and 100% experimental. Not exactly everyone’s favorite cup o’ wassel. But since I love dabbling in making ambient music now and then, I couldn’t pass up a chance to have fun with Tuba sounds.
After I listened to this, it made me think, “Hmm. A Tibetan Monk on acid trapped in a church bell tower, while having flash backs to watching Zardoz and a Christmas Carol too many times.” Strap on your headphones for this one, if you’re brave enough.
Maybe also load up on few rum soaked eggnogs…or psychedelic mushrooms. Whichever works best for ya.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas… or Boxing Day… or Kwanzaa… or Festivus. Either way let us all hope that we go into the new year with an attitude of peace and love.
I’ll be back in January with more comedy, comics and audio hi-jinx.
Until then, my dog, Zeke, gives you a Holiday wish.