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Butterfly Tones

by Coburn Tuller

"A stunning work of art producing exquisite sounds which reverberate and sustain creating a sea of harmonic overtones." Michael Diamond - Music Editor, Awareness Magazine
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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"Coburn Tuller has created one of the most interesting and unique instruments that I’ve seen in quite a while, and is a stunning work of art in itself. Called “The Tones”, they consist of a beautiful hand-crafted wooden pyramid shaped structure that stands over eight feet tall which houses a series of different sized tubular metal chimes. When struck with a mallet they produce exquisite sounds which reverberate and sustain creating a sea of harmonic overtones."
Michael Diamond – Music Editor, Awareness Magazine

"I believe this is the first review I’ve ever written about a musical instrument that is brand new! The Butterfly Tones CD consists of nine original tracks ranging in duration from 2’21” to 10’55” - four are more than ten minutes long. The sound of The Tones resembles wind chimes, but Tuller creates melodies rather than merely the random sounds of wind chimes. The resonating hum of The Tones also resembles the sound of singing bowls, but since Tuller is striking the tubes with a mallet, he has more control of the pitches of the hum. Because of the percussive nature of a performance on The Tones, it is also possible for interesting rhythms to be created, making this a more versatile instrument than one might expect. Some of the tracks have a more ambient than melodic feeling, and each piece stands on it’s own as unique. I would think this music would be an ideal accompaniment for massage, meditation, and relaxation by allowing The Tones to take a person’s focus and consciousness into a new musical realm altogether. It could also help with sleep difficulties, as the sounds are slow, soothing, and rather hypnotic.
Butterfly Tones is a very different musical experience and one well worth checking out! Recommended especially for the musically adventurous.

Kathy Parsons, Music Reviewer for Mainly Piano

"There are many brilliant musicians in this world, but how many of them created the instrument as well as the music that it plays. The Tones are a one of a kind instrument that Coburn has spent 15 years designing and perfecting. To watch him play is a delightful and inspiring experience. Coburn created the Tones and the Tones celebrate. I invite you to listen with your Spirit." Namaste Mary Millen

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Review from NewAgeMusicWorld.com
If one takes a minute to listen close enough, beautiful ambient music is all around us. It’s only natural those who live in the countryside have more time available to enjoy the serenity of a peaceful atmosphere verses those who live in an urban environment. Regardless of where you live, undesirable noise can strike any time of the day or night just like clockwork. Coburn Tuller from the Springfield Missouri area, truly enjoys the best of both worlds. Not only does he live on the outskirts of a metropolitan area where annoying noise is at a minimum, but he also invented a musical instrument that produces peaceful and relaxing timbres any hour of the day or night he desires. The inherently unique musical creation he fabricated is named The Tones, and the relaxing qualities produced from this innovative instrument are the foundation for his first exclusive new release titled Butterfly Tones. Coburn Tuller is first and foremost a talented musician, having reached a level of expertise on numerous instruments over the years including acoustic and electric guitar, dulcimer and piano. Coburn conceived the idea for his music innovation during walk around midnight back in 1996, when he heard wind chimes lightly touching in a gentle breeze. While most of us are familiar with the sound of various wind chimes, and would think nothing further about this blend of manmade and natural ambience, the random series of sound fascinated him and sparked his imagination. Coburn then theorized this ambient sound could be taken to a whole new level, and determined that aluminum tubing of accurate length, diameter and dimension would produce an original sound modulation when struck with a mallet. He then accepted the challenge and spent the next 15 years perfecting his one of a kind instrument – The Tones. Butterfly Tones features 9 songs of melodic bell timbres that are without a doubt one of the more unique forms of music I have ever heard. The Tones itself is a musical instrument that stands over 8 foot tall, and consists of 3 pyramid structures supporting 90 aluminum and brass tubes of various size and dimension, which range from 7 inches to over 6 foot in length. If one were to classify the musical invention, I would imagine it would most likely be categorized as a directly struck idiophone like tubular bells or a xylophone, both of which are percussion instruments most often used in an orchestra arrangement. But their distinctive sound also enables the creation of an independent melody. The 9 songs on Butterfly Tones highlight this instrumental freedom of expression to create some beautiful pieces. During Coburn’s performance you will notice like I did that every note struck produces a clear and precise harmony rather than a series of arbitrary sounds. One of the most interesting effects is the natural tone reverberation in every octave of the bells which can linger for minutes during a song. This natural resonating characteristic of bell tones is apparent on every piece, where multiple layers enhance a distinct harmony while Coburn ascends and descends through the scales using select octaves and tempos. I also noticed the array of notes struck in the bass range often transfer the background theme for each song in the treble range, but the delivery of treble notes likewise act as a counterbalance for bass notes during each arrangement. I would also say the vibrant resonating sound produced is either close to, or the equivalent of the same note intervals and harmonic pitch found on the diatonic scale. Regardless of which musical scale is used, the tones sound perfect in pitch on every octave and ring true. Coburn Tuller has discovered a steadfast new source of peaceful ambience whose finely balanced sound qualities are available day, night, or anytime the bell tolls. If you listen for yourself I am sure you will agree this exclusive album presented on CD or MP3 has an elegant rhythm and symmetry for relaxation you can count on, just like clockwork.
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KATHY PARSONS

From MainlyPiano
I believe this is the first review I’ve ever written about a musical instrument that is brand new! Coburn Tuller has spent the past fifteen years developing and perfecting the instrument he calls The Tones. Inspired by the sound of wind chimes “wafting through the air” during a midnight walk, Tuller went out and bought a piece of aluminum tubing and struck it with a mallet. The tubing responded with a perfect Bb that resonated for more than a minute, and an idea and its corresponding passion were born. The finished Tones stands at more than eight feet tall and consists of three pyramid-shaped frames that hold ninety aluminum and brass tubes that range from 7” to more than 4’ long. “The Tones have a natural sustain and reverberation sometimes lasting as much as 2 minutes and creating overlays of harmonious sound behind the melodies. These overlays produce one of the most unique aspects of The Tones - the music she plays after the piece ends. This is a favorite part for many listeners and is showcased in the long fade outs.” (quoted from Tuller’s brochure for The Tones.) Tuller also says, “If butterflies could sing, perhaps it would sound something like this.” Hence the name of this CD. I have included the back of the CD jacket, which has a photo of The Tones so you can see it for yourself.

The "Butterfly Tones" CD consists of nine original tracks ranging in duration from 2’21” to 10’55” - four are more than ten minutes long. The sound of The Tones resembles wind chimes, but Tuller creates melodies rather than making the random sounds of wind chimes. The resonating hum of The Tones also resembles the sound of singing bowls, but since Tuller is striking the tubes with a mallet, he has more control of the pitches of the hum. Because of the percussive nature of a performance on The Tones, it is also possible for interesting rhythms to be created, making this a more versatile instrument than one might expect. Some of the tracks have a more ambient than melodic feeling, and each piece stands on it’s own as unique. I would think this music would be an ideal accompaniment for massage, meditation, and relaxation by allowing The Tones to take a person’s focus and consciousness into a new musical realm altogether. It could also help with sleep difficulties, as the sounds are slow, soothing, and rather hypnotic.

"Butterfly Tones" is a very different musical experience and one well worth checking out! Recommended especially for the musically adventurous.
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Descubre magníficas tonalidades y unas armonías estupendas!.
Butterfly Tones es el interesante y original debut del artista Coburn Tuller, un músico que ha investigado en el campo del sonido y ha creado uno de los instrumentos más agradables para el oído, un instrumento que él mismo ha bautizado como The Tones. Este instrumento acústico de percusión consta de un gran número de tubos de diferentes metales que al ser golpeados, emiten un sonido cristalino y brillante, lleno de armonía y con una reverberación extraordinaria. Butterfly Tones centra todas sus composiciones en este instrumento, siendo el único sonido que podemos disfrutar en este CD. Ni teclados ni sintetizadores rompen el sonido acústico de The Tones, todas las notas surgen del mismo instrumento, creando melodías simples pero sumamente aplacadoras.

Aunque cada una de las piezas que forman el álbum tienen nombre propio, es francamente difícil apreciar una melodía que destaque en Butterfly Tones ya que, se trata de un instrumento de percusión y todos los temas tienen como único objetivo tranquilizar al oyente y centrar su inspiración, no sorprender con unos acordes impactantes.

Tuller ha creado un álbum encantador, diferente a cualquier CD que centre su música en un instrumento de percusión. El instrumento posee una riqueza armónica fascinante, dependiendo de la intensidad del golpe, el brillo y el sonido pueden variar de intensidad y esto crea una belleza que reside en cada composición.


Indudablemente es una música distinta, algo que no estamos acostumbrados a escuchar, pero si centramos la atención en sus sonidos se pueden descubrir magníficas tonalidades y unas armonías estupendas. El compositor Coburn Tuller consigue que el oyente dibuje un sonrisa de bienestar y paz con cada sutil golpe. Butterfly Tones es un álbum recomendable y perfecto para la práctica del Yoga y ejercicios de relajación y meditación. Compruébelo!.

reviewsnewage.com
22/08/11
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