She reminds me of Elena Tonra/Daughter
Song Premiere: Liza Anne, “The Colder Months”
Song: “The Colder Months”
The artist: Liza Anne
Who’s that?: A young, Nashville-based singer-songwriter who is preparing to release her debut album.
Fun fact: Liza is currently studying songwriting at Belmont University.
Sounds like: A rustic, haunting progressive folk ballad that you need to hear at least once.
Songwriter says: “I think that the winter tells us something about our souls. It’s the simplicity of brisk mornings and holidays that remind us how we pine for a person to love. This song battles the longing for someone you genuinely care for against the selfish desire we all have for someone to hold. For me, The Colder Months is an effort to be gently honest in my uncertainty. I’m young and love is a very weighty word – it’s a heaviness I haven’t quite learned to carry selflessly. My hope is for you and this song to spend wintery drives together. I hope that it inspires you to ponder, feel and listen in every sense of these words.”
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If you are a novice musician who wishes to play with like-minded people, of varying levels of ability, then I would advise that you make contact with the entertainment and activities officer at your local council, and ask them if there is a Peacoctet* in your area.
Given the instrument’s history (which I will outline briefly below) there is a very good chance that they will be one close to where you live.
Usually it is possible to book a session where you will be able to play the Peacoctet, probably as part of a small group. This will take place under the guidance of an enthusiast volunteer who will happily provide you with instruction, although it does not require any great skill. The only real pre-requisite is an enjoyment of music and a willingness to experiment.
The Peacoctet is a recovered instrument - one manufactured from a piece of equipment that originally served a completely different, non-musical purpose. In this case the foundation belongs to a Pulley Zephyr Air Raid Warning Siren, of the kind that last saw active service during World War II.
This replaced the old Holt & Scoulding warning systems, in which the siren was generated by revolutions of a crank handle, that allowed it to gradually build to a crescendo and then linger briefly on the high register before descending.
The Pulley Zephyr produced a warmer and less unnerving sound, reminiscent of a foghorn, but with a smoother and richer tone, and a slight upward inflection. Its inventor, Colin Pulley, tested its effectiveness on rats and found that, while it functioned well as an alarm, it also produced a less panicked response. The results of these experiments were later replicated using human subjects.
To generate the siren, a user would blow steadily into a mouthpiece, gently at first but with increasing force. The current of air would pass through a meandering network of small tubes. These would amplify the sound, which emerged from a elongated brass trumpet similar in appearance to a gramophone horn craning its neck forward.
The majority of Zephyrs were put together by local craftsman using blueprints that were issued by the War Office. Aside from a few key components, which were dispatched along with the instructions, councils were expected to scavenge materials for the build. Many made use of brass instruments that were donated specifically for this purpose. Like steam engines, individual Zephyrs were given names, usually those of famous local personalities. A pair that were in common use in Nottingham throughout the Second World War were christened Robin Hood and Maid Marion.
After the war the Zephyrs were mothballed in readiness for the outbreak of further hostilities. As the threat of conflict diminished some were sold off or discarded. One found its way into the hands of Kingsley Peacock – a dairy farmer who also dabbled as an inventor. Peacock grafted additional horns onto the siren, creating something that resembled a scrambled pipe organ. As a final touch he added seven new mouthpieces. These allowed the instrument to be played by up to eight people at once.
The original Peacoctet was installed in the milking shed on its inventor’s farm, where it was used to serenade the dairy cows. Peacock later built a second device from scratch which he rented out for dances. It eventually became so popular that neighbouring councils paid Peacock to adapt their own Zephyrs.
In tone the Peacoctet imitates the sound of a brass section. The key difference lies in the ability of one musician to influence the notes played by another on the same instrument. This is all down to timing and finesse. When done well it is possible to create music of tremendous depth and subtlety, that even an accomplished brass section would struggle to replicate.
In the hands of novices the Peacoctet can create abstract tones which are pleasing to the ear and often gain in coherence, the more accustomed the individual players become to working with each other. Players with sufficient skill will be able to tackle conventional orchestral pieces of music, although a modified score is required. By aligning notes it is also possible to create a sustain reminiscent of that produced by a string section, though this does require some skill and a strong affinity with your co-musicians.
Peacoctets need weekly lubrication in order to retain peak sonic clarity. This is achieved by pouring small quantities of dockrill oil into service valves. The liquid pools inside the bends of the tubing. When the instrument is played, the vibrations send tremors across the surface of these puddles causing droplets to bead on the interior. Further oscillations send these droplets travelling along the insides of the tubes in a jerking fashion until they emerge from one of the bells. Usually trays are laid down to catch the oil as it leaves the instrument, however you should be prepared for grease stains on your clothing and dress accordingly.
Playing the Peacoctet has proven health benefits for a number of conditions. The instrument has been used successfully to adapt or retrain swallowing techniques in people suffering from dsyphagia. The calming influence of the music and the requirement for players to control their breathing has been effective in treating people who suffer from panic attacks or anger management issues. In both cases a trained therapist operates the instrument using the primary mouthpiece, while patients respond to the music with their own input.
Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s Lionel Nuttman released several albums in which he narrated poetry over a Peacoctet, which was played by his daughter, Harriet. More recently the instrument appeared on the Coldplay album - Mylo Xyloto.
Recent cuts in public spending at a local level have led many councils to contemplate selling off their Peacoctets. If these sales go ahead then it is likely that the instruments will end up in private ownership and an eccentric era of British music will draw to a sad conclusion.
* The Peacoctet is also known as a Pulley Brass Ensemble or a Civic Brass Ensemble.
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Hello, friends! ‘I Will Cry At Your Funeral’ is now available to stream on SoundCloud.
It is also available to download on NoiseTrade. Just go to NoiseTrade.com/sallyfowler.
It’s also still available on bandcamp.com, along with all my other music.
Thanks to all who have downloaded already!
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