Susan Rawcliffe - T Whistles

Susan Rawcliffe - T Whistles


"Acoustically irregular forms produce unique sonic spectra. I delight in color and whimsical forms for my instruments and sound sculptures. It’s great fun, yet requires a unique command of musicality, acoustics, scholarship and hand-building ceramic skills."

Susan Rawcliffe thinks like a flute. She is an artist, researcher, performer and educator; and she also takes great pleasure in making, playing and conversing about instruments. Based in the Los Angeles area, she utilizes her deep and ongoing study of the wind instruments of MesoAmerican cultures to make unique sounds and forms from clay, always with a playful and exploratory praxis. 

Her T Whistles are easy to play. Simply hang around your neck, blow into the middle hole, and use your thumbs to open and close the two holes at either end of the cylinder. Blowing harder and softer will allow you to change pitch. Says Susan: "Roll the thumbs off & on the open ends while blowing harder & softer. Tongue sharp TT & GG sounds; trill motor-boat sounds; sing while blowing; play with the birds or in a Salsa band. Mostly, have fun!"

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