Saxophonist finds incredible echo in industrial pipeline, plays a jazzy duet

15 June 2020, 16:10 | Updated: 15 June 2020, 16:17

Saxophonist plays into pipeline and creates catchy tune
Saxophonist plays into pipeline and creates catchy tune. Picture: YouTube / Armin Küpper

By Sian Hamer

It seems ‘Pipelinefunk’ is the new up-and-coming genre...

Just when you thought the spirited sound of the saxophone couldn’t get any more lively, this man proved us all wrong.

Is it a modernised, electric sax, you wonder? Or, did he perform in a state-of-the-art music hall?

Nope – he just played into a really long outdoor pipeline (watch below). And it sounds absolutely incredible.

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Armin Küpper, the musician in the video, has coined the experimental genre as ‘Pipelinefunk’.

He plays his saxophone into a long, echoing piece of industrial pipe, to create the toe-tapping melody. The resulting riff is a smoky, soulful tune with a natural reverb that *literally* stretches for miles.

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Combined with the rhythmic clapping of a friend sat cross-legged nearby, the entire performance feels like it’s coming from more than just two men, a sax and a big metal tube.

We imagine a spike in Google searches for “local construction sites” on its way, by saxophonists across the globe...

Bravo to a wonderful musician and his unexpected duet partner.