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Date: 03/26/08 03:10 AM

54 Responses to Helium`s Effect on Wind Instruments

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    angelicamber Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:30 am
    Link: Helium`s Effect on Wind Instruments - Does sucking helium cause your instrument to go crazy? This experiment answers that question.
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    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:38 am
    So you should be.

    The vid didn`t work for me.

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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:44 am
    That is freaking sweet.
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    SubElixer Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:53 am
    Lol awesome. I play piano, though, maybe I should try topical anesthesia for a kick :P
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    Pabasa Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:03 am
    ^ Lol. I can bet it`s not going to be played at higher note.

    Begs the question: who thinks of these questions?

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    Trizz Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:08 am
    Ha, trust Brainiac :P It didn`t sound too different, but it sounds strange nevertheless.
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    SubElixer Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:20 am
    Pabasa, true but it would be "different." Perhaps a bit of an a-tonal piece a la Glass
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    farquaadhnch Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:22 am
    I played that song in middle school, but can`t think of the name. Anyone have a clue?
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    apoet4life Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:52 am
    It didn`t work for me either......... :-(
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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:11 am
    The song, I believe is Walking in the air.
    I could be wrong though.
    Walking in the air is by nightwish. =D
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    shucker Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:16 am
    Walking in the air.
    Nightwish is a cover version.
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    Mr_Sir Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:23 am
    Its weird seeing a group of kids passing around balloons and inhaling the substances out of them. For some reason it reminds me of something... I just cant put my... finger... wait. What was I talking about? What the hell is going on! Where am I?
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    KingDragon Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:30 am
    Nooooo!! The link broke just as they were about to start playing with helium!!
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    BigBonny Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:32 am
    Walking In The Air by Howard Blake, most famously sung by Aled Jones. I find it amusing that someone would think it`s actually by Nightwish, lol.
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    rifter Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:38 am
    At first, I thought that it wouldn`t make a difference unless they were playing a kazoo. Then, once they started playing off key, I realized my error. Pretty sweet.

    Being in the Nanny state, I wonder what repercussions occurred after this was shot. Latex allergies and huffing.

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    BikerTeen Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 6:48 am
    thats funny
  17. Profile photo of Schooler90
    Schooler90 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 7:00 am
    well, the balloons were probably latex-free, just in case...
    Plus i knew this was going to happen as I`m in a band in my local school.
    Basically helium speeds up sound waves because helium is faster to travel through than air.
    If the instruments were tuned for helium, instead of standard air, you might get no result from this experiment.
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    sponged Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 7:02 am
    did he say that "the ballons full of helium for the sucking off?" LOL
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    alliknow Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 7:08 am
    ha ha, brainiac, excellent show. i like the amount of caravan violence especially.
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    Kalimdon Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:24 am
    thats so cool, I wish we got to play Nightwish in grade school
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    thiswaste Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:34 am
    Man, I LOVE Brainiac!
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    darkevilsin Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:54 am
    now use hexafluoride
  23. Profile photo of engelbert
    engelbert Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:59 am
    The video came to abrupt halt for me, but walking in the air! ALED JONES!

    And no, he said "..the sucking of", which makes it not funny at all. :)

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    cmheiple Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 10:13 am
    Didn`t see that coming, I thought it was all mentally changing their pitch. Placebo effect
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    Qtpil13 Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 10:14 am
    I could have sworn he said sucking off. Then again, I suppose it was just the accent...

    And this honestly surprised me. I play clarinet, but I`ve never tried it on helium (The only time my friends and I suck helium is at parties, and we don`t tend to bring our instruments to said parties, for some reason.) I figured it would sound the same for the trumpet, because the higher voice is caused by the vocal chords vibrating, not the helium itself, so I didn`t think that the helium being pushed through the instrument would matter, since it`s air vibrations, not vocal chords or anything.

    I did predict it would change for the clarinets/saxes/oboes (if they had any,) because the reed is basically a vocal chord made of wood.

    I wonder if a skilled musician could keep the instrument in tune after sucking helium...

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    ttsec Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 10:32 am
    Sucking helium damages your organs due to oxygen deprivation. This is child abuse/torture. Think of the children!!!+
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    chadders42 Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 10:55 am
    Um did the video just end halfway through for anybody?
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    omggilyy Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 11:23 am
    hahahaha wow that was so funny
    i didnt think it would really change :]
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    orchydork Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 12:45 pm
    COOL!
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    killamop Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 1:22 pm
    good old BRITISH entertainment eh u fellow brits??8-)
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    pinker Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 1:27 pm
    I used to be a saxophone major in college i could try to see if i could still stay in tune.

    It`s all about mouth shape for winds and how you blow for brass. It may not be the helium but just power of suggestion causing them to change pitch. The trumpet player started out on the same note and went up one and a half tones in pitch but every trumpet player i know can do that by choice...so it leads me to believe that it`s all just the power of suggestion.

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    ChainsawNbud Male 50-59
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    March 26, 2008 at 1:47 pm
    too funny!

    is there any truth to the rumor I heard that breathing helium can cause a collapsed lung?

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    mr_stache Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm
    OMG! I have been wondering about this ever since Physics class. I`ve got to try that now!
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    mr_stache Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm
    Oh, and pinker, no that trumpet player would not have been able to do that normally. Logically it would start on the same note because the helium does not reach the aperture until a split second later. Plus, she didn`t go through any partials to get to the D, thus, it had to be the helium.
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    PrZn Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm
    i couldnt tell if it worked.
    it sounded like ass both times
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    Willowpuff Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm
    ARGH WTF?!

    IT CUT OFF JUST AS THEY WERE ABOUT TO PLAY IT.
    And... did Richard Hammond say sucking off? Hahaha. Gotta love him.

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    engelbert Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm
    ChainsawNbud - If you inhale it from a pressurised tank, your lungs could over-expand and rupture. So yes, yes it can. It can also give you seizures and a stroke and kill all of your organs if you`re not careful.
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    Meh110 Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm
    Prolly faking it.
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    Hughlio Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 4:55 pm
    that was the coolest thing i think i have seen for awhile
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    DarkProdigy Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 5:36 pm
    This site is gettin` filled with Brainiac stuff, but I seriously have to admit Brainiac is TEH PWNZERZ!
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    richoricho Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm
    Brainic is cool
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    bigsisjune Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    "If the instruments were tuned for helium, instead of standard air, you might get no result from this experiment."
    Or if everyone had sucked helium. Hey, that`s an easy way to change keys!

    "I wonder if a skilled musician could keep the instrument in tune after sucking helium..."
    If you can pull out on the instrument probably. But I`m pretty sure most people`s embouchures can`t compensate that much.

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    Dragynwing Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm
    i`m going to cry the next time i watch The Snowman.
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    Igmo Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm
    Haha :D they were playing "The Snowman" theme ^^

    anyway
    I thought that was pretty cool.

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    pinker Female 18-29
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    March 27, 2008 at 12:28 am
    Actually mr_stache you can go from one pitch to another quite easily without breaking between each note or pausing on notes in between. In fact this is something that is taught by most private instructors. You can bend the pitch to a tone and a half above or below without much trouble...and that is what she did.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    March 27, 2008 at 7:33 am
    Now, what I`d like to do is to tape up all the seams in a grand piano and fill it with hexaflouride. That`d be awesome!
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    confuzedkid Male 13-17
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    March 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm
    there is only thing someone can suck on that makes my instrument to go crazy.

    im sorry but i had to say it.

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    Foob Male 40-49
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    March 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm
    I love Brainiac.
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    hunneybear Male 13-17
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    March 28, 2008 at 3:47 am
    omg freaking sweet
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    Olragix Male 18-29
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    March 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm
    Well Of Course. Why else does my instructor always emphasize "good air"?

    I can`t really tell the difference, but there obviously is one.

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    R080T Male 18-29
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    April 3, 2008 at 2:52 am
    YAY
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    OrangeCrow Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 12:40 am
    Hehehehe
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    Subushie Male 18-29
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    September 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    i really don`t like this show... everything they do is so unscientific. they had to figure out how fast a car was going, so they followed it with a car and tried to match the speed
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    kooleyo Male 13-17
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    December 19, 2009 at 9:50 am
    i`ve got to try that with my french horn

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