The Deepest Voice...Explorations into the Hyperbass
The Deepest Flute Voice: The Hyperbass Flute
The Hyperbass flute is a most unique instrument, playing an abnormal four octaves lower than the C flute (which is one octave below most concert pianos). With 32 FEET of pipe, the diameter of the bore is larger than a contrabassoon! This original instrument was created for Peter Sheridan by Dutch maker Jelle Hogenhuis, and is the only known chromatic model in existence. This prototype is not complete in it's full range, with only a handful of functioning notes, though the basic sound is thrillingly sombre, dark and very moody (if that makes sonic sense?). Hogenhuis's use of pvc piping and large bore allows for a 'growling' tone quality, with such a resonance in the tube you can hardly believe you are playing acoustically.
The functioning pitches right now, are C1 to F/E1. A few other possibilities are a residual C0 which is rather physically felt than heard. A few pitches in the C2 range are also functionable, yet have poor tone quality. This instrument opens a whole new set of potentials for the low flutes, and will set a new standards for larger flutes to come. Most certainly in size and rich depth of fundamental partials it is a true work of mechanical genius and absolute creativity! Bravo Hogenhuis, Bravo!
Most recently the Dutch Flute Society ran a wonderful article about it's astounding creation and creator. Please feel free to investigate:Dutch Flute Society