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Mechanical Music on TV "Ghost Hunters"
By Andrew Barrett

Ghostly music: "Sextette" from Lucia?

 [ Charlie Morgan wrote to Andrew:

> Andrew,  I just found the sheet music for Sextette, in PDF format.
> Let me know if it matches up to your transcription.

Hello Mr. Morgan and group;  First, thank you for an original piano
sheet music version of the Sextette.  My jaw literally dropped when
I saw it was in the key of D-flat -- that's the same key that the tune
on the Tombstone video is in!  (And, naturally, my transcription of
it.)  Of course, not all orchestrions are chromatic, etc., so it would
be just as likely the piece were transposed and re-arranged to fit the
scale and not necessarily in the same key, but "One never knows, do
one?"

I will be sending the transcription as both a JPEG image and a MIDI
file to the correct address at MMD for attachments, so our editors
might (please) post them on the MMD web site.  And, again, here's a
link to that whole "Ghost Hunters" episode where the paranormal audio
appears:

  http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=2996508

Having the sheet music to the "Sextette", I do agree that there is
a part where the melodies seem to match up.  Thus, I suppose this tune
is as good a guess as any.  I'd still appreciate any additional input,
comments and corrections as to what the tune actually is on the EVP
(electronic voice/music phenomena).

I also still heartily welcome/anticipate a bit of a mini-debate as
to what the instrument is that is playing.  C'mon, am I so dead-on at
identifying these things that everyone agrees with me?  I'm not even
sure: Is it a cylinder organ-orchestrion (a la the Black Forest),
or a harmonium (pressure reed organ), or what?

As for the music transcription itself, I just picked some Sibelius
instruments to simulate the sound as best as I could.  Otherwise
there's not really much rhyme or reason to the instrumentation.  I'm in
no way implying that an orchestrion has a rank of "basset horn" pipes,
or "recorder" (though the latter can be a good substitute sound for
stopped flute pipes in MIDI).

Andrew Barrett

 [ Visit the MMD Sounds site http://mmd.foxtail.com/Sounds in a
 [ few days.  The music is heard at time 34:04 and again at 38:30.
 [ I think it's an electronic organ (in D-flat); it sounds too perfect
 [ to be a pipe organ.  -- Robbie


(Message sent Thu 25 Oct 2007, 08:13:41 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ghost, Hunters, Mechanical, Music, TV

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