From: sk~te.com (Rod Thomas/Sandra Teare)
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 09:34:41 -0500
Subject: Magic Swoop

J writes,

If it is the same WOOOOOOOOO in Whammer Jammer that I think it is, Magic
Dick is singing it not harping. My instructor tells the story of trying
for about a year to come up with a sound like it on the harp. Then he goes
and sees J.Giles live and sees M.D. sing it!

This has always been my assumption. But he sings it THOUGH the harp
with his lips snuggly sealed on the harp. This way all his exhaling breath
passes through the harp vibrating a loose chord AND as he slowly swoops
down the glissando, individual reeds vibrate in sympathy with the notes he
sings. For that one effect, Magic treats his harp like its a kazoo. His
voice gets "harpified" in the process. Put it through an Astatic mic and
an overdriven amp and the illusion is complete. (Magic Indeed)

Happy Thanksgiving all,
- -Rod-

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Rod Thomas email: sk~te.com
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