If A Tree Falls in the Woods and Is Processed Into a 2X4, Does It Make A Sound? YES.
New York based percussion group Mantra performs “Timber,” a composition for six 2X4’s.
The lumber is played with hard mallets along most of the wood’s length to produce a variety of overtones and the resonance is captured via contact microphones. The 2X4’s are cut at graduated lengths so that each instrument has its own root note. The collective tone is really, really rich.
By the way…I always wondered what instrument was used in the score for the famous on-screen anime adaptation of the epic manga “Akira.” NOW I KNOW!