Examples that may use mallets or other non instrumental sounds. A style like Iannis Xenakis' would be brilliant

  • I can I'm just looking for more examples 🙂 – Cameron Brown Jun 22 '20 at 22:35

Here are starting points for some composers you might look into:

Karlheinz Stockhausen Oktophonie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdIe2CrorMM

John Cage First Construction (in Metal): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlBo7_3EXqk

Wintergatan Marble Conveyor Belt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AEvQAg6TE0

Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4JQD0cy87I

Avraamov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v3u2sU54Os

Also something random things I stumbled onto:

Ann Kroeber & Alan Splet Industrial Sounds with Soul: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG23kZ0XswU

And just for fun, a personal favorite: Don Byron, "Powerhouse": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUmAxSlBhPs


Non-instrumental sounds are neither typically used in classical nor in early music.

I guess, repetitive or even minimal music could fit, since the striking feature of assembly line is hard time restrictions and repetitiveness.

I would recommend to consider the sound track of Charlie Chaplins "Modern Times", apparently also written by him.

A competely different approach is one of my Baroque favourites: François Couperin: Tic-Toc-Choc (its other title Les maillotins seems to refer to a sort of hammers.) I enclose a second recording alone due to its presentation on a factory floor.

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