I would like to know how the Horse hooves sound is recorded and played in the above songs URL?
What are the sound recording & playback techniques to achieve this?
Is it possible to extract only the music played in the songs excluding the vocals?
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In the old days, someone woud have two halves of a coconut shell, and tap them on a hard surface. As pointed out by Tetsujin, this was back in the day - 1957, so I suspect here, it's produced in that way. No synths to turn to then, and horses weren't allowed in recording studios, usually.
Nowadays it would be made electronically, and the sound either synthesised or sampled, and made to work rather like a metronome.
Horses' paws tend to be known as hooves.
There is no attempt in this video to made an authentic clip-clop sound as is done with coconut shells.
This sounds to me like a wooden percussion block.
You can hear the various sounds they can make here.
Yes - it's woodblocks. Temple blocks are often used - especially in pantomime - but not here.
There IS an attempt to make them sound authentic: the player has two sticks in each hand and they strike the woodblocks with a slight flam. In other words there ARE four hooves! (Ker-lip Ker-lop) It would work better if the pitches of the two blocks were less similar, but using four sticks was a good idea.
It's not as good as using coconut shells, which have an inbuilt randomness of pitch: it would be difficult to make exactly the same sound twice in a row. Horses have exactly the same problem! And the wonderful thing about coconut shells is they can walk, trot, canter and gallop. In the film the horse is trotting, but on woodblocks you wouldn't be able to imitate it walking.