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Accordion + Harmonica + “Big Fancy Studio” (MP3)

What happens after hours at New York University? An ebullient digital hoedown.

It’s common refrain among former students of music conservatories that one of the great opportunities of the education was the availability of an orchestra to play their music. There are technological equivalents to that relative proximity of vast musical resources. As Ethan Hein, a music student and not infrequent subject of coverage here at, noted in a recent upload to his account, the school he’s attending, New York University (where among his instructors is Morton Subotnick), has a “big fancy studio” to which he and other students have access. One recent evening, their experiments yielded the ebullient digital hoedown “Accordion and Harmonica,” featuring Chris Jacoby on the former and Hein on the latter. Writes Hein of what led to this:

I had Chris improvise a drone on the accordion based around D mixolydian without the third. Then I overdubbed a harmonica improv on top. Today I finally succeeded in getting the file off the studio computer and onto mine, where I dropped it into Ableton and went to town. So in addition to me and Chris as filtered through various effects, you’re hearing 808, processed hand percussion and a giant bell slowed down and reversed.

Track originally posted for free download at More on Hein at and More on Jacoby at,, and

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • By Ethan Hein's Blog › The Disquiet Junto on August 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    […] on his blog several more times: about a piece I wrote for Morton Subotnick’s class, about a duet I did with an accordion player, about a mashup of Doug E Fresh and the Buchla synth. At some point this […]

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