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    Can you help identify this instrument?


    I would like to know what this instrument is. It kind of sounds like windchimes but at a lower pitch.

    http://www.deepsignalstudios.com/mp3/bell-like.mp3

    The first three segments are from library music used in a educational science film. The last two are from Linda Perhacs's track Parallelograms and you can also hear it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZn5lyOjvnk#t=3m21s. I am pretty sure all of these recording were made in the late 60's or 70's.

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    I'm not sure exactly. Although, it sounds a lot like small tubular bells.


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    It's possible that these are tubular bells type or just rather an ordinary metal something. Not an instrumental windchime because of different sound characteristics.

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    Sounds to me like there is some Vibraphone with soft mallets in there with that??
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewMe4YRz1vE

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    I am sure there are some Steel Drums effects in this

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    Try listening to some Indonesian Gamelan music... some of it is quite rhythmic, bit it can be quite loose too.
    I'm not entirely sure this isn't just some random midi pattern under a 'bells' VST..?

    If it pops clicks or hums... that's a very good start.
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    It reminds me of tones used on Wendy Carlos' "Beauty in the Beast" (http://www.wendycarlos.com/+bitb.html), which used early digital synthesis to mimic gamelan bells. In these examples, so much of the sound seems to come from the FX as much as the source. Lots of tape delay.

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    It reminds me very much of the sound of Boading balls

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyMXsvBwHKQ

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    Since making this post I have listend to Linda Perhacs's entire album. One track is an audio correspondence (mailing a tape with a recorded message) between her and composer Leonard Rosenman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Rosenman where she is sending him what are essentially sound design ideas for songs, which I think ultimately ended up in this middle section of Parallelograms. She records wind chimes, xylophone, kalimba, and bells at high speed (the playback you will here is at normal speed) and she suggest he slow his tape machine down when playing back the tape because they sound more interesting!

    You can listen to the correspondence track on Spotify here:
    http://open.spotify.com/track/5U9gbiOtBaQ8gA9Jm8IGjU

    I purchased a wind chime and made some cool sound with it, pitching it down and putting delay on it. But I think I may get some Boading balls also. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Everyone else please continue to give your opinion as to wat they might be.

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    Yeah, its probably tubular bells with some heavy delay effect and reverb, or could possibly be chimes

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