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Harry Partch instruments for KUOW | Seattle editorial photographer

It’s not every day that you get to see and hear a piece of history. Make that pieces. I got an assignment last week from KUOW to photograph Charles Corey, the 30-year-old caretaker of the Harry Partch instruments collection at the University of Washington School of Music. In a fun story by Marcie Sillman you can actually hear the renowned, intricate instruments. Partch created the instruments between the 1940s and 1970s, and they are based on the Just Intonation scale, not anything like what we are used to hearing from traditional instruments. You can find some really intense theatrical productions of Partch’s arrangements on Youtube too that help put his life’s work in context. He wasn’t just a composer and musician, he was also a playwright and auteur.

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Adapted Viola. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Chromelodeon, created in 1941. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. A view of the Cloud Chamber Bowls, created in 1950. The bowls are the sawed-off bottoms of large glass bottles made by Pyrex, and produce different tons when tapped on the top or bottom or scraped along the side. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates Bass Marimba, which requires standing on a large bench to reach playing height. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. Corey demonstrates the Kithara II, created in 1954 by Partch. Glass tubes are moved up and down on the sides to create varying pressure and different tonality. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. "I've been doing this almost 13 years now," Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

Chuck Corey, 30, is a faculty research associate in the University of Washington School of Music where he curates the Harry Partch instruments collection. “I’ve been doing this almost 13 years now,” Corey said. The instruments were created between the 1940s and 1960s by the American composer Partch. The instruments are renowned for their complex and unique sound structure abilities based on the Just Intonation scale, which was designed to more naturally imitate human voice pitch. Photo by Daniel Berman for KUOW

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Univ. of Washington: NCAA Softball College World Series Champs

Posted in assignment work, editorial work, news, sports, Washington by bermanphotos on June 8, 2009

Yesterday I photographed a celebration of the University of Washington’s NCAA Softball College World Series title, at the Don James Center overlooking Husky Stadium. It was pretty cool to see so many people turn out to welcome home the winning women. The players were all smiles throughout the ceremony, and when a handful of them took to the mic to speak, they couldn’t help but announce their nervousness. It was entertaining to hear how much these women have persevered through over the course of a season. I heard it multiple times yesterday, and even from one of the players: let’s hope we can hold a celebration just like this for UW football next year. Well, one can hope — at least.

The UW Softball Team takes the stage in a ceremony to celebrate their College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

The UW Softball Team takes the stage in a ceremony to celebrate their College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Fans Trudy Bray, left, and Becky Turner have to lean back to see tv monitors broadcasting season highlights before a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Fans Trudy Bray, left, and Becky Turner have to lean back to see tv monitors broadcasting season highlights before a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Tod Johnson holds his daughter Maci, 2, during a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Tod Johnson holds his daughter Maci, 2, during a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Player Morgan Stewart, left, speaks to a standing room-only crowd as head coach Heather Tarr looks on, during a ceremony to celebrate UW's College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Player Morgan Stewart, left, speaks to a standing room-only crowd as head coach Heather Tarr looks on, during a ceremony to celebrate UW's College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

College World Series MVP and NCAA Softball Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie speaks to a standing room-only crowd as head coach Heather Tar looks on, during a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

College World Series MVP and NCAA Softball Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie speaks to a standing room-only crowd as head coach Heather Tar looks on, during a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball 2nd base Ashley Charters smiles while holding the trophy following a ceremony to celebrate their College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball 2nd base Ashley Charters smiles while holding the trophy following a ceremony to celebrate their College World Series championship title, at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball head coach Heather Tarr smiles while signing an autograph for Jamie and Gillian Moon, 10, (right), following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball head coach Heather Tarr smiles while signing an autograph for Jamie and Gillian Moon, 10, (right), following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Players are mobbed for autographs following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

Players are mobbed for autographs following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball player Jenna Clifton signs an autograph for a fan following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

UW softball player Jenna Clifton signs an autograph for a fan following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

College World Series MVP and NCAA Softball Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie signs autographs for fans outside of the Don James Center following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

College World Series MVP and NCAA Softball Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie signs autographs for fans outside of the Don James Center following a celebration of the UW softball team's NCAA championship title at Husky Stadium Sunday June 7, 2009. Photo by Daniel Berman/SeattlePI.com

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