Splinter Reeds was proud to premiere Ken Ueno’s “Babbling” on November 6, 2016 at the 39th Annual Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University. The full performance will be posted when the video is available!
For now, we wanted to share a clip of David practicing his Hookah Sax for the first time after finding the right size vinyl tubing!
David’s Simple Instructions for making your own hookah sax in B-flat
I used 3/4″ thick vinyl tubing, which wedges into the body of the instrument very snugly, and needed some shaving of the tube to fit in the neck. I found that Oboists tend to have tools around that work well for cutting vinyl tubes. ;)
In “Babbling,” the tube is cut short to sound a very low concert B-flat (sounding an octove lower than the lowest note of the bassoon and bass clarinet). This is a 10 foot tube in the video, with a pitch considerably below the one desired. After cutting the tube to sound a concert B-flat when inserted into the saxophone, the tube length is approximately 94″ long. I’d advise buying a tube no shorter than 100″, and then cutting off small chunks to fine tune the pitch.
We’ll be back soon with more from the premiere performance of Ken Ueno’s “Babbling”