What's laying on the papers? is it a Jew's harp, a Humanatone or something else?:
What I mean by 'Compositions' are kind of improvisations Jean Shepherd generally played on several instruments (playing along over his own recordings, sometimes re-using the same). Most of the time, you can recognize percussions, kazoo, nose flute...
Those musical experiments are very interesting, even though Jean Shepherd didn't hesitate to play them again and again. At the beginning, I wondered what was the very sharp instrument Shep used for the melody: was it a tin whistle? No, there were slidings... Was it a syringe flute? No, too fast and too precise. Then I understood it was a nose flute. A pre-recorded nose flute that was accelerated! (I made a test slowing and pitching it down, and I confirmed the nose flute). Then Jean Shepherd either played along live nose flute on it, or even read the commercials...
... but also on a March:
>> Access Part III
Related links :
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part I
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part II
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part III
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part IV