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The Helmholtz Resonators


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“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
Nikola Tesla

The Helmholtz Resonators are 5 musicians who have been playing and writing music together since meeting at university in London around the turn of the century. They studied acoustic science and the work of Hermann Von Helmholtz, particularly being inspired by the book ‘On the Wires of our Nerves’ which is essential reading for anyone interested in the science of sound and sound synthesis.

The band, as we know it, was not formed until a few years later, when Garland Vanderbilt discovered an old Burg organ in a skip, and after rescuing the relic installed it in his studio thrilled to find it still working and sounding great, if slightly strange!

Around the same time Carlton had an old hyper-fuzz pedal he never liked the sound of with his guitar, so he discarded the guitar finding the fuzz perfect with an old 1970s precision bass. Chladni was thrilled; he had wanted to form a “hatstand of psychedelia” for some time now.

Through the fruits of their excitment ‘LaLa’ came into being with Chladni on organ, Carlton on bass and Garland on drums. All three were so excited they kept writing and swapping instruments (mainly because they all wanted to play the drums and none of them were drummers) until several tunes had been composed. They were having a lot of fun and it soon became apparent that the sounds were infectious, so they called in Vandamme Laudenkleer (who had been temporarily vacant for sometime) to record and produce a few of the compellingly odd compositions.


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