Purpose:Demonstrate how edge tones and Helmholtz resonators can be used to create a bottle band.
Description:This demonstration requires a bass bottle player, three alto bottle players, and a recorder player, but can be rehearsed for a polished performance in a few minutes. The bass bottle player has three notes, while each of the alto bottle players is limited to two notes, so major musical experience is not necessary. The recorder player plays the melody of the song ("Home, Home on the Range" or "Ach du lieber Augustine") while the bottle band vamps.
Consider inviting students to volunteer in the class period before, then come early to class to try it out. Note that the recorder is also available separately as H4-42.