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Saxophonist plays into giant industrial pipe to play a duet with his own echo

16 October 2020, 14:42 | Updated: 19 October 2020, 17:08

Saxophonist plays a duet with a pipeline’s echo. Picture: YouTube / Armin Küpper

When a saxophonist played a duet with his own echo.

Just when you thought the spirited sound of the saxophone couldn’t get any more lively, this man proved us all wrong.

Is it a modernised, electric sax, you wonder? Or, did he perform in a state-of-the-art music hall?

Nope – he just played into a really long outdoor pipeline (watch below). And it sounds absolutely incredible.

Armin Küpper, the German musician and sculptor in the video, has coined the experimental genre as ‘Pipelinefunk’.

He came across the industrial pipe while out on a walk, and decided to see what would happen if he sang into it. It produced a beautiful echo, so he got out his saxophone.

The resulting riff is a smoky, soulful tune with a natural reverb that *literally* stretches for miles.

“This sound on the tube, if I’m lonely it always gives me a feeling, like ‘Hey, you’re not alone there’,” he says (translated from German).

“Sometimes I just can’t stop playing. The nice thing is, when it gets cool in the evening, I sit down in the tube heated up during the day and enjoy the sunset playing the saxophone.”

Combined with the rhythmic clapping of a friend sat cross-legged nearby, the entire performance feels like it’s coming from far more than just two men, a sax and a big metal tube.

Bravo to a wonderful musician and his unexpected duet partner.

When a saxophonist played a duet with his own echo…

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Rock on! This pipe is shaped and molded like a saxophone, complete with rubber mouthpiece and realistic molded keys. While it won’t play you any tunes (bummer, I know!) your friends will get a chuckle and you’ll look ultra cool while fielding all those “OMG! Where did you find that?!” questions. This is definitely a conversation piece. We classify as a “novelty” item, but don’t be mistaken — it’s a fully functional tobacco pipe, and we love how great it works. The pipe is even made out of zinc which keeps it cooler than other materials like aluminum and steel. Our sax pipe also ships with a pack of 5 free metal screens, so you get all the smoke and none of the ash. There’s definitely lots of “groovy” vibes going on with this piece. You won’t be disappointed! Shaped to look like a miniature saxophone Fun, novelty piece – surely a conversation starter! Made from durable zinc metal, helps keep pipe cool Rubber mouthpiece for added comfort BONUS! Includes 5 FREE screens! For tobacco use only ]]>