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Synthesizer Keyboard Mad Drifting Record - The Worlds No. 1 Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Interview - Part 15

2020-10-13

Theme:sound&person

<The astonishing fact regarding the Wiener model...>

In the early 90s, the story of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which is said to be the best in the world in connection with the major musical instrument maker Y, appeared. Here's how the story goes.
In the 70s, the Vienna Philharmonic trumpet player Walter Zinger suffered from the aging of his favorite trumpet. His instrument became old and difficult to operate, and he was unable to produce his own sound. He used a venerable instrument called the Wiener model. However, due to the peculiarity of the instrument, the company that produced it has disappeared with the times.

The Wiener model produces a gentle, warm sound that does not interfere with the sound of stringed instruments during Fortissimo. The performer had to continue using the Wiener model, despite the difficulty of operating the instrument and playing. This was because the Wiener model was an essential part of producing the sound of the Vienna Philharmonic. The instruments with which they express themselves and the music are their lives. It was nothing more than anguish for the performer to lose the instrument and not be able to produce the sound he wanted.

Zinger, who visited the musical instrument maker Y in Hamamatsu City, sustained his hopes by leaving a piece of metal from his own Wiener model with Y. However, it was difficult to reproduce the Y company Wiener model, but a hint of the problem was in the metal fragments left by Zinger.

One day, engineers found that the sound quality of the Wiener model is due to the unique metal of Vienna. The impurities contained in the metal used in the Wiener model created the sound of the Wiener model. The metal used by Y company does not contain impurities like the Wiener model. Engineers succeeded in reproducing the Wiener model after struggling and testing, such as mixing various impurities with metal.

Our interview team also took a look at it through the electron microscope. From the metal of the trumpet model of Y company, a beautiful silver-shining cross section could be seen. On the other hand, the metal pieces of the Wiener model contained impurities of different colors that were lumpy, and the color was dull, and it could not be said that the cross-sectional image was beautiful.
"This impurity makes the sound of the Wiener model. There was no metal containing such impurities in Japan at that time. It was extremely difficult to get close to the ideal sound."
This is a comment from a Y company engineer. In the past, the precision of metal formation was low, which produced the good sound of the Wiener model... It's ironic.

■ Recommended Album: Symphony No. 3 "Hero", Symphony No. 4 "Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (1994)

<The astonishing fact regarding the Wiener model...>

February. Frigid Vienna was covered in thick clouds and it was a gray city. The subjects of the interview are trumpet player, Walter Zinger, oboe player, Gerhard Trechek, and trombone player, Karl Yaitler (titles omitted). The impression I got from the citizen orchestra and classical musicians was nervous and felt difficult. The best people in the world may be more than that… I remember being nervous at the interview. However, the three members of the Vienna Philharmonic were friendly and gentlemen (^^) They took us to the store where the Sacher Torte (Vienna's specialty confectionery) originated and then invited us to their house. Trechek had a luxury apartment in the city of Vienna, and Yaitler's home was almost a castle. His wife was beautiful and the delicious meal was also a treat.

When interviewing on TV, we research the subject of the interview and set the expected scenes, interview contents, etc. The important thing in the interview is preparation. By thoroughly examining the subject of the interview and deciding the theme, you can see what to shoot and what to hear in the interview. However, this alone does not make a good interview.

Therefore, what the interviewer needs to do is wait unexpectedly. Setting the expectations through research also leads to preparations for the unexpected. If you don't prepare, you may not even know what happened. Especially in the case of overseas coverage, I shoot and listen to it because the place and the target are rare. The dark cloud coverage blurs the theme and obscures the purpose of the coverage. The number of coverage tapes increased, and when I returned to Japan and previewed, I saw that I was unable to shoot anything I wanted to shoot... What stupid things happens. This is the trap that interviewers tend to fall into. In that sense, careful preparation is indispensable.
The interview also assumes what to ask and the answer. Write the script assuming it.

We envisioned the performer's answer, "I was saved by playing the Y company Wiener model!" However, he did not say "I was saved."

The mentality of Japanese and foreigners is different. The answer "I was saved" is a Japanese answer, and they do not have such a word or idea like our "saved". Thank you to Y company. However, the feeling and expression that “I was saved” is a Japanese way of thinking, and they probably do not have a comparable expression. The land and culture in which you were born and raised may have an effect. This kind of coverage and the proto-language of the creator often occur when the subject is a foreigner. In an interview with Mal Waldron(see Keyboard Mad Drifting No. 14), a similar thing happened due to a different interpretation.
When the interviewer leans forward, sets a convenient word, and tries to develop a forced story, a mess occurs. Making things is a struggle even by oneself. I'm always thinking of having a calm look at myself, but it's difficult to reach that point (◞‸◟)


Musicians and albums featured this time

  • Artist: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Album: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 "Hero" Symphony No. 4

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