waterphone and flugelhorn: a rare conversation

Freddie Stone ©Robert_Minden

What would it sound like if a flugal horn got a chance to play with a waterphone?

Composers Freddie Stone (flugelhorn) and Robert Minden (waterphone) recorded flugelhorn and waterphone duets in 1986. “Ee-Gypt-Me,” “Waterpoem,” and “Waterphone Call” from the the album, “In Season,” have just been re-released digitally and streams on all major platforms.

Few composers write for the waterphone. The sound is often heard in film and scored as colour. Here it shares centre stage with its’ liquid other-worldly sound played both melodically and rhythmically, shaped with unusual phrasing. While the timbre of these two instruments is different in texture and colour, Stone’s uncanny ability to play the flugal horn with pure fluidity mirroring the waterphone creates a rare musical conversation, as if the flugal horn is imitating the waterphone then venturing off on its’ own journey, before returning home.

While the sound of the flugal horn is firmly rooted on land, it gets the chance to wonder what it might be like deep in the sea, where the waterphone lives. And this is what it sounds like.