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#1 Ent

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:02 PM

This has been bugging me a little bit. I have done a lot of searches on the internet and still can't seem to definatively find the answer.

What instrument makes the sound similar to a rattlesnake?

I believe it's used at the beginning of Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion, in Wilson Pickett's Engine # 9, and in one of Cake's songs that I can't remember the name of (yeah, I know that helps a lot, huh?).

I think it might be this, but I'm not 100% sure:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabasa

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:05 PM

This has been bugging me a little bit. I have done a lot of searches on the internet and still can't seem to definatively find the answer.

What instrument makes the sound similar to a rattlesnake?

I believe it's used at the beginning of Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion, in Wilson Pickett's Engine # 9, and in one of Cake's songs that I can't remember the name of (yeah, I know that helps a lot, huh?).

I think it might be this, but I'm not 100% sure:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabasa


the beginning of sweet emotion is all that vocoder/wah pedal sound - where's the rattlesnake?
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#3 Hewletts Daughter

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:13 PM

you dont mean, like, a maraca, do you?
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#4 Seamus

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:13 PM

I initially thought maracca [sic]. But the Aerosmith clue has got me leaning toward the vibraslap (also featured on "Crazy Train").

Vibraslap

#5 Seamus

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:37 PM

I'm leaving to go home now, but I want credit for the right answer.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:43 PM

woven shaker?
Sorry, I was being pretentious. Please don't mess with my stars.

#7 arkin

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

yeah, vibraslap, Seamus beat me to it.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 06:48 PM

Yyyes!

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 08:24 PM

You guys are forgetting the crucial vibraslap- opening of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" Duh duh.....duh..duh.....duh..duh...duhh AYE! AYE AYE Duh Duh #$%$&%**&^*&^&%^#$&)*)(&% (transcription of rattling vibraslap)
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Posted 09 January 2008 - 09:58 PM

I initially thought maracca [sic]. But the Aerosmith clue has got me leaning toward the vibraslap (also featured on "Crazy Train").

Vibraslap


Yes, I think that's it. I don't know why I didn't remember the beginning of Crazy Train has it also. Thanks. I do believe Seamus got it right first. :)

Listen here. It's the sound 5 seconds into this clip and then again at approx 13 and 19 seconds.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 10:12 PM

Its in this song about 16 seconds in and then a few more times in places. Wilson Pickett - Get Me Back On Time, Engine No.9 <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.c...></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.c...7kKDzreM&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 10:50 PM

Almost as cool as a cowbell... almost

#13 Seamus

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:00 PM

You guys are forgetting the crucial vibraslap- opening of Ozzy's "Crazy Train"


Check it again, check-check-check it again. I was all over the "Crazy Train" vibraslap in my first post. That extended time off is getting to you.

I would like to thank whatever powers that be which have acquiesced so that we may have a thread devoted to the vibraslap...thank you!

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:02 PM

If you want to go real old school...go jawbone of an ass, which was sort of the precursor to the virbraslap.

#15 Seamus

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:29 PM

I could totally see that. They (LP?) were trying to recreate that sound--mass produce it--that jawbone of an ass sound. Man, I'm having a little percussion ensemble freak out over here.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:37 PM

i hate this instrument.

#17 Seamus

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:40 PM

Well, at least let us (well, okay, me) revel in it for a couple hours here. Jeez!

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:46 PM

it's a stupid instrument. total gimmick bull-dick.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:51 PM

Almost as cool as a cowbell...
almost


More Vibraslap!

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 11:52 PM

i hate it. i hate it.

and it doesn't sound like a fucking rattlesnake.

Cruisin' on my belly all night long, you gotta hold on
You gotta hold on, you got a rattlesnake I'm a rattlesnake

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