There was once a day when we became fascinated with sounds bouncing back to our ears, or what we call echoes.
Even now, some people use this kind of natural phenomenon in their creative ways.
We sometimes love singing inside the bathroom because of the close walls that make it easy for sound to reflect.
Echoes, to put it simply, are sounds being repeated after the sound waves are being deflected by a surface. They could be from any surface like hard walls, cylindrical wells, or even in the opening of a chasm. It is quite an interesting concept, which is why even professional musicians and sound engineers either put or adjust this on the mix as reverb to make their work pleasant.
To make echoes more interesting, this saxophone player has an inventive use for pipeline echoes.
Armin Küpper is a German musician and sculptor who found an intriguing way to make use of echoes for his music.
He was out for a jog and came across some giant cylindrical tubes. With his musician’s gut, Küpper decided to sing in front of the tube and was fascinated with what he heard. Since then, he brings his saxophone to play music near the pipeline by himself.
He had a lot of fun playing his instrument in front of the gigantic pipes.
As a seasoned musician himself, he probably knows how to use various equipment to make his musical aesthetic.
However, he found a natural kind of beauty when he decided to play his music near the pipes. With his fascination, he was inspired to do a project called Tube Sound—a compilation of saxophone music that he recorded while playing with the pipe’s echoes.
In this video, he found an audience who became hooked on his music.
One day, he went and prepared for another recording session on the tube but was caught off guard when two people came over to watch him play.
Since it would be rude to drive them away, he instead gave them a spontaneous musical show! Küpper grabbed his saxophone and played what he called “pipeline funk.” It instantly became a one-man concert as the pipe reflected every note in perfect time. The sounds that Küpper made and the echoes of those sounds converged and became a polyphonic treat for the ears.
Küpper gave his audience a special live concert with his saxophone.
The once lonely saxophone recording session that he does all alone, became one fun spontaneous concert in the afternoon with his visitors.
One of Küpper’s audience members clapped along with him in a rhythmic way, and the clapping complimented Küpper’s jazzy and funky tune. After the song, the couple rewarded him with a big round of applause. Surely, those people went home to their family and talked about the man who played them a song on the pipelines!
Armin Küpper’s innovative ideas are what makes him a good artist.
Always curious and unafraid to try new things is an accurate description of Armin Küpper as an artist.
He can always find a deep meaning to various little things. Aside from music, he creates wonderful sculptures as well. If you want to listen to his music, check him out on social media to show your support!
Be sure to watch the whole performance in the link below:
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