On the Contrabass mailing list the past couple days there’s been some talk about low flutes, and about how a pitch-shifted concert flute will not sound quite like a real bass (or whatever) flute, but might at least convey the idea in the absence of a real bass (or whatever) flute sample. So I decided to do some flute pitch shifting and post the results. I started with a file from Wikimedia commons, a performance of Debussy’s “Syrinx”, and pitch shifted it using Audacity. I converted the original and the shifted versions to MP3 since Ogg support is still patchy.
Here’s the information and attribution for the original:
Recorded at Brechmin Auditorium, University of Washington, October 2006 by Stephen Bangs. Sarah plays a Miramatsu silver flute, a=442.
|Source||The Al Goldstein collection in the Pandora Music repository at ibiblio.org.|
|Author||Sarah Bassingthwaite (flute)|
(Reusing this file)
|The license information states that this file is “available for free download subject to the EFF OAL” (Open Audio License), which in turn is interchangeable with the CC-BY-SA-2.0.|
And here are the MP3 files of the original and shifted versions:
- syrinx-0 Original pitch
- syrinx-7 Down a fifth
- syrinx-12 Down an octave
- syrinx-19 Down an octave and a fifth
- syrinx-24 Down two octaves
- syrinx-31 Down two octaves and a fifth
- syrinx-36 Down three octaves