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Vuvuzela Concerto in B flat

Submitted by on June 18, 2010 – 7:46 pm 3 Comments

With all the football (soccer for Americans) coverage going on all the time recently due to the FIFA World Cup, we’re seeing more and more vuvuzela’s deafening people everywhere.

The vuvuzela (called a “lepatata” in its native Tswana name), is a blowing horn up to about 2ft in length. It’s usually used by fans at football matches in South Africa, Brazil and other Latin American countries. It only produces one, loud (B♭3).

In spite of all the apparant fun of blowing them, vuvuzelas have been a bit controversial. They can cause hearing damage (up to 140dB, which is equivalent to an airplane taking off), they are a safety risk when spectators can’t hear evacuation announcements, and they act as virus fountains, spewing cold an flu viruses all over the people in front. Even the sportscasters call them “annoying”, “satanic”, “like a stampede of noisy elephants”, “a deafening swarm of locusts”, “a goat on the way to slaughter”, and “a giant hive full of very angry bees”. Beautiful.

Well, just so you can join in on the fun, I present to you the score for “Vuvuzela Concerto in B flat”. Click on the image for a larger, and much more annoying version.

If you want to acquire the instrumentation to play this fabulous concerto, or if you just want to annoy your friends, sounding like a giant hive of angry killer bees while spreading your body fluids all over them, you get get them by the dozen on the super cheap right here. Either that or you could wait for this.

And before you start leaving comments, yes I know that this isn’t synth-related in any way… Go blow your vevuzela.

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  • Aredee says:

    B flat is not my key, but I had a hard time transposing it. Reminds me of John Cage’s immortal composition. 4′33″.

  • JP says:

    Mate, I often go to stadiums and don’t know where you’ve heard this, but we don’t use Vuvuzelas in any stadiums here in Brasil! And if someone starts with this, I’ll be one of the first kicking him out of the stadium.

  • looby says:

    A slight shame it couldn’t have been written at the correct pitch (it plays the B flat *below* middle C, not the one above it, as it is written here).

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