Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Futurama Bell Chimes

The Futurama theme song (link here) is an awesome use of bell chimes. In high school, we had a 2 octave bell chime set that I used to lug (often single handedly) from the top of the band room, and down into the orchestra pit. Over 6 feet tall, in a steel frame, the brass bell chimes weighed a good 150 pounds, but it was well worth the effort. The sonorous tones that each bell chime emitted when properly struck rang melodiously within my very being. It wasn't a "church thing" to me, it was a deeper, visceral attraction that warmed my inner self to be able to create such wonderful sounds with the simple striking of a hard mallet on the upper rounded rim of each tuned chime.

So every time I hear to the Futurama theme song, I Listen, and soak it in. I know, it sounds corny. But I find it really catchy, and enjoy it's simplicity. If I was still in High School, I am sure I'd be playing it in the band room as I used to often play Rush's Closer to the Heart (dig the 1975 vintage hair dos, facial hair, and Jesus-clothing, in the youtube video link here, or the Exit Stage Left version, 10 years later, here).

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