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Cowbell
Cowbell
Classification

Idiophone, Hand percussion Image File history File links Koebel. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An idiophone is any musical instrument which creates sound primarily by way of the instrument vibrating itself, without the use of strings or membranes. ... Hand percussion is a term used to indicate a percussion instrument of any type from any culture that is held in the hand. ...

Playing range

Single note with timbral variations. The playing range of a musical instrument is the region of pitch in which it can play, i. ...

Related instruments

Agogô A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An Agogô is a multiple bell used in samba baterías (percussion ensembles). ...

The cowbell is a percussion instrument. “Percussion” redirects here. ...

Cowbell Image File history File links Cowbell. ...


Cowbell pattern

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Background

cowbells in the museum of the Appalachian region of the United States

While the cowbell is commonly found in musical contexts, its origin can be traced to freely roaming animals. In order to help identify the herd to which these animals belonged herdsmen placed these bells around the animal's necks. As the animals moved about the bell would ring, thus making it easier to know of the animal's whereabouts. While bells were used on various types of animals, they are typically referred to as "cowbells" due to their extensive use with cattle. Cowbells are commonly trapezoid, cylindrical or cup-shaped. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 756 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1140 × 904 pixel, file size: 355 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A display of cowbells (and sheep bells in bottom row) formerly used by Appalachian farmers, collected by John Rice Irwin. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 756 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1140 × 904 pixel, file size: 355 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A display of cowbells (and sheep bells in bottom row) formerly used by Appalachian farmers, collected by John Rice Irwin. ... It has been suggested that Poverty in Appalachia be merged into this article or section. ... For general information about the genus, including other species of cattle, see Bos. ... This article is about the geometric figure. ... The word cylinder has several meanings. ...


As a musical instrument

Greek herdsmen often use several bells attached to principal animals which produce a distinctive chord. The scale on which this chord is based is then reproduced in the herdsman's pipe - so he can play along with the herd. Similar bells have been used in Western European classical music to evoke a pastoral mood. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


Almglocken / Alpine Bells

Roy Harter giving a televised almglocken performance in Times Square, New York
Roy Harter giving a televised almglocken performance in Times Square, New York

Almglocken, sometimes known as Alpine Bells, typically refer to bulbuous brass bells that are used to play music as a novelty act or tourist attraction in the northern Alps. Since they are tuned differently to distinguish individual animals, they can be collected "from the pasture" in random tunings, but commercial sets in equal temperament are also available. The metal clapper is retained, and they sound much more noisy than handbells, which are otherwise used similarly in ensembles. Composers who included almglocken among their musical palette include Gustav Mahler, Roy Harter, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. On October 21, 2005, Roy Harter gave a Verizon-sponsored televised alpine bell performance in Times Square, New York City. The performance was simulcast on the Viacom Jumbo-Tron Screen in Times Square, New York, and aired on the Nickelodeon cable television network. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 853 pixel, file size: 353 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I am the owner of this photo. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 853 pixel, file size: 353 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I am the owner of this photo. ... Roy Harter (born March 6, 1973) is an American composer, music producer, audio engineer, and musician most known for his work in television and film. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An equal temperament is a musical temperament — that is, a system of tuning intended to approximate some form of just intonation — in which an interval, usually the octave, is divided into a series of equal steps (equal frequency ratios). ... For the Irish mythological figure, see Naoise. ... A handbell is a small bell designed to be rung by hand. ... “Mahler” redirects here. ... Roy Harter (born March 6, 1973) is an American composer, music producer, audio engineer, and musician most known for his work in television and film. ... Karlheinz Stockhausen (born August 22, 1928) is a German composer, and one of the most important and controversial composers of the 20th century. ... Roy Harter (born March 6, 1973) is an American composer, music producer, audio engineer, and musician most known for his work in television and film. ...


Clapperless Cowbells

Clapperless cowbells made of metal are an important element in Latin-American and go go music. These cowbells are struck with a stick - the tone being modulated by striking different parts of the bell and by damping with the hand holding the bell. For other uses, see Go go (disambiguation). ...


In several parts of the world (notably in West Africa) pairs or trios of clapperless bells are joined in such a way that they can be struck separately or clashed together. The Brazilian name for these is "agogo" bells. Cylindrical wood blocks played in the same way are also called "agogo". In Cuban music the cowbell is called cencerro and often played by the same player as the bongos. In Caribbean music two or three are often mounted together with a pair of Timbales. Wood block Tubular wood block A wood block is essentially a small slit drum made from a single piece of wood and used as a percussion instrument. ... Agogo is a rarities album by KMFDM. Agogo is comprised of numerous tracks either previously unreleased, released on other compilations, or otherwise not widely available. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... Look up bongo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ... Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed drums, shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned. ...


This type of cowbell can also be bowed with a double bass bow. This produces a high-pitched, ghastly noise. Side and front views of a modern double bass with a French bow. ... A cello bow In music, a bow is a device pulled across the strings of a string instrument in order to make them vibrate and emit sound. ...


In popular culture

There are numerous examples of the cowbell being featured as an instrument in popular music. An early pop recording example is Hugh Masekela's 1968 instrumental single Grazin' in the Grass. [1] The Roland TR-808 drum machine was noted for its distinctive cowbell sound, which sounded almost nothing like an actual cowbell; the sound was highly electronic with a sharp, short decay. Regardless of its lack of realism, the TR-808 cowbell became a popular sound in 1980s R&B and hip hop music, popularized by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced artists such as The SOS Band and Janet Jackson. Its distinctive and notorious timbre has enjoyed continued use by hip hop and R&B artists well into the 1990s and 2000s, as well as by bands in other genres such as the Super Furry Animals ("Juxtaposed With U") and the Dismemberment Plan ("You Are Invited"). DFA Records are noted for using a lot of cowbell in their remixes. Hugh Masekela (born Johannesburg, April 4, 1939) is a South African flugelhorn and cornet player. ... Grazing in the Grass is an instrumental by the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. ... The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines (TR serving as an acronym for Transistor Rhythm). Introduced by the Roland Corporation in late 1980, it was originally manufactured for use as a tool for studio musicians to create demos. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Jimmy Jam (born James Harris III in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 6, 1959) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. ... The SOS Band is an American musical ensemble, founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. ... Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, and pop icon. ... In music, timbre, or sometimes timber, (from Fr. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... Super Furry Animals (also known as SFA, the Furries and the Super Furries) are a Welsh rock band, with leanings towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. ... The Dismemberment Plan is a Washington D.C. based indie rock band formed on January 1, 1993. ... DFA Records is an independent record label that was launched in September 2001 by Mo Wax Records co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, indie rock producer James Murphy and mutual friend Jonathan Galkin. ...


The cowbell gained popular attention as the subject of a famous Saturday Night Live skit popularly known as "More Cowbell." That skit parodied Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", one of the more successful pieces of popular music to feature the cowbell. Rock band Queens of the Stone Age have also used the cowbell in many songs. The cowbell sound in their 2005 single "Little Sister" was actually achieved using a jam block, but when they performed it on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell, dressed like Gene Frenkle from the More Cowbell skit, played the jam block part on the cowbell. This article is about the American television series. ... Bruce Dickinson (Christopher Walken), right, gold record producer and self-proclaimed cock of the walk, speaks to Gene Frenkle and Blue Öyster Cult. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in 1967 and still active in 2007. ... (Dont Fear) The Reaper is a song by the Blue Öyster Cult from the 1976 album Agents of Fortune. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Little Sister could refer to one of the following: Little Sister, Sly & the Family Stones background vocalists, who released two hit singles of their own in 1970. ... A jam block is a small slit drum made of plastic and used as a percussion instrument. ...


As noisemakers

Cowbells are sometimes popular noisemakers at sporting events, despite attempts to suppress them. In the United States, they are most closely identified with Mississippi State University, whose football fans smuggle in cowbells by the thousands despite a ban on artificial noisemakers by its conference, the Southeastern Conference.[2] Mississippi State University is a land-grant university located in north east-central Mississippi, United States, in the town of Starkville and is situated 125 miles (200 km) northeast of Jackson and 23 miles (37 km) west of Columbus. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ...


Worldwide, in cross-country skiing, cowbells are often rung vigorously at the start and finishes of races. Cornell ice hockey fans who are also known for their zealous support of their team have cheers that feature use of a cowbell while in Lynah Rink. The San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League are also (in)famous for their fans' use of cowbells. In New Zealand, supporters of the Waikato Rugby Union invariably use cowbells at home matches; this has been carried over to home matches of the Chiefs, the Super 14 franchise centered on the Waikato region. Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields, primarily Northern Europe and Canada. ... “Cornell” redirects here. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Fans of Janet Jackson, at Much Music in Toronto The word fan refers to someone who has an intense, occasionally overwhelming liking of a person, group of persons, work of art, idea, or trend. ... Lynah Rink is a 3,836-seat hockey arena at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, that opened in 1957. ... Conference American Division Western Year founded 1995 Home arena HP Pavilion at San Jose City, State San Jose, California Head Coach Darren Arbet ArenaBowl championships 3: 2002, 2004, 2007 Conference titles 2007 Division titles 7: 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 Wild Card berths 4: 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The Waikato Rugby Union is the official governing body of rugby union in the region of Waikato on the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Chiefs (formerly known as the Waikato Chiefs) are a professional rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand. ... The Super 14 is the largest rugby union football club championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ...


A small, intrepid band of Toronto Blue Jays fans at Rogers Centre frequently bring cowbells to Blue Jays home games. They are common enough at Tampa Bay Devil Rays home games that the stadium scoreboard graphics crew have a pre-built graphic that says "More Cowbell!!". They are also rung vigorously during cyclo-cross races. The Everett Silvertips fans also use cowbells, after the team watched the Saturday Night Live skit while on their tour bus in their inaugural season, and said they wanted the fans to have cowbells. They have a "more cowbell" that sometimes shows on the jumbotron. Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Other nicknames The Jays Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989–present) a. ... Rogers Centre, formerly known as SkyDome,[1] is a multi-purpose stadium in Toronto, Ontario, situated next to the CN Tower near the shores of Lake Ontario. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Rays, The Rays Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles... A cyclo-cross racer carrying his bicycle up a steep slope after overcoming a barrier at the bottom (not shown). ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... This article is about the American television series. ... ABC SuperSign, with the largest Sony JumboTron in existence. ...


At Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets a season ticket holder referred to as "Cow-Bell-Man" brings a cowbell to Mets home games to get the fans into the game and cheer on the Mets. He walks around all the sections of the stadium as fans go up to him to shake his hand and take a picture with him. Some Mets fans find him annoying but other appreciate his passion as a loyal Mets fan. At Shea during promotional Latin nights fans bring cowbells to the game. When Pedro Martinez is on the mound you can find a cowbell or two in the stands. William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to Shea Stadium, is an American baseball stadium in Flushing, New York. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ...


Bands who use the cowbell in their recordings

This article is about the band Aerosmith. ... For the bands self-titled album, see Audioslave (album). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as BS&T) was an American music group, formed in 1967 in New York City. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in 1967 and still active in 2007. ... This article is about the musical group, for the Detroit gangmembers see Chambers Brothers (gang). ... Time Has Come Today is a song recorded by The Chambers Brothers in 1968. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Devo (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled DEVO or DEV-O) is an American New Wave group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972. ... This article is about the band. ... Eagles of Death Metal (EofDM) is an American garage rock band formed by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. ... Every Time I Die is a five-piece metalcore/hardcore/metal band from Buffalo, New York, founded in the winter of 1998. ... This article is about the band. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Govt Mule is a southern rock/jam band formed in 1994 as an Allman Brothers Band side project, but has taken on a life of its own. ... Guns N Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Ill Niño is a six-piece latin metal American band from New Jersey in the USA. // Ill Niño formed in late 1999 when they were originally called El Niño, after the weather phenomenon. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Local H is a rock duo (sometimes described as grunge), formed by Scott Lucas (lead vocals, guitar, bass) and Joe Daniels (drums). ... For other uses, see Loverboy (disambiguation). ... Mountain is an American rock band, popular in the early 1970s. ... New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory) is an American pop punk band, that formed in 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida and is currently based in California. ... For other uses, see Pantera (disambiguation). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Pigs (Three Different Ones) is a song from Pink Floyds 1977 album Animals. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Rage Against the Machine (also Rage and RATM) is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band, noted for their blend of hip hop, heavy metal, punk and funk as well as their revolutionary politics and lyrics. ... The Rapture is an American rock band based in New York City. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Honky Tonk Women was a 1969 hit song by the Rolling Stones. ... Rush is a Canadian rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. ... Santana (originally the Santana Blues Band) is a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... War was a multiracial, multicultural American funk band of the 1970s from Southern California, known for the hit songs Low Rider and Why Cant We Be Friends?. Formed in 1969, War was the first and most successful musical crossover, fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, R&B... A low rider is a car or truck which has had its suspension system modified (usually with hydraulic suspension) so that it rides as low to the ground as possible. ...

See also

Trycheln (Alemannic Trychlen or Trychle, also spelled Trychlen, Tricheln, Treicheln, Treichlen) are large cowbells traditionally in use in Switzerland. ... Safri Duo is a Danish percussion duo composed of Uffe Savery (born April 5, 1966) and Morten Friis (born August 21, 1968). ...

References

  1. ^ List of rock and pop songs featuring cowbell. Retrieved on 2007-01-05.
  2. ^ SEC votes for football yardage penalties for cowbell use. Mississippi State University (2002-06-10). Retrieved on 2006-12-14.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Mississippi State University is a land-grant university located in north east-central Mississippi, United States, in the town of Starkville and is situated 125 miles (200 km) northeast of Jackson and 23 miles (37 km) west of Columbus. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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