Multiphonics

• Apr 28, 2021 - 15:33

Is there any way to do multiphonics? I looked at Andrew Norman's Try and he said this about multiphonics (I'll type it in the comments)

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"Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon are use to one multiphonic throughout the whole piece where indicated. A suggestion has been made for the Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon, but each player is free to choose a multiphonic that works well for them. Find one that is loud, complex, buzzing and stable."

In reply to by latonyahutchi

You could write the multiphonic as a chord of two notes. Examples of what can be achieved on a clarinet can be found here: https://www.gregoryoakes.com/multiphonics. However, I would expect only a subset of these could be played by a particular player on a particular instrument. So different players will most likely choose a different loud, complex, buzzing stable multiphonic depending on which ones work with their instrument/emboucher. In short, multiphonics on the clarinet are a bit of a gimmick and not all can be produced to order.

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