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Buttery Tones

Postby Marcus » Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:47 pm

Happy Holidays to all in the forum,

I ran across this term, not sure where I read it--think it was this forum, but the term was the "the drum/bongo has a buttery sound". I would think that would be more of a dry sound rather than a wet sound, but dryer with a richness to it. Not sure how to describe this. I would think that a Djembe is certainly not a buttery sound and some bongos are also very sharp sounding. When I listen to Cuban Son groups some bongos give that "buttery sound". My new Conga and Tumba natural steer skins sound buttery as I soaked them to an al dente slightly wetter. Another skin on another Tumba I soaked longer and the skin stretched more and provided a wetter brighter sound.

Anyway does the term "buttery" sound like a good way to describe a tonal quality?

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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby windhorse » Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:03 pm

Yes, it does.. I sometimes use the terms "woody", and "nutty".. and even like to say "flavor" after them for effect. 8) It's when there is a complete lack of high overtones or ringiness. Pretty much has to be a wood drum for this, and usually not tuned up high.
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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby Mike » Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:37 pm

windhorse wrote:Yes, it does.. I sometimes use the terms "woody", and "nutty".. and even like to say "flavor" after them for effect. 8) It's when there is a complete lack of high overtones or ringiness.


Or maybe Gonbopsy would be a better word? ;-)
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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby Marcus » Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:08 pm

Windhorse,

Buttery Flavor is indeed the term for me. I am just going to need to wear my sunglasses when I use this term. 8)

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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby windhorse » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:18 pm

Mike wrote:Or maybe Gonbopsy would be a better word? ;-)


You guys are funny :!: First thing that came to mind with this one was a "biopsy" and the fact that it's dissecting a malignancy.. So, a "Gonbopsy" would be deconstruction of a Gon Bop to find out it's problems.. :|
Maybe I'm over thinking this... Don't listen to me.. :?
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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby Mike » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:18 am

Oh well, yes, maybe you are overthinking it :lol:
but maybe I should have tried a less ambiguous word creation with less brutal connotations. :)
Any idea of how to make an adjective out of Gon Bops? Gon Boppish?
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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby Marcus » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:08 pm

Not sure why a very positive thread referring to a description of tonal quality digressed into a commentary upon older Gonbops with references to human health issues. Why?
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Re: Buttery Tones

Postby Mike » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:40 pm

The nature of thread is that they tend to evolve.
Sometimes, however, they deteriorate.
But honestly, this thread of yours can still be saved :wink:
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