Simply add bees to the jar and hey presto! your very own handsfree Vuvuzela .
I love Kora’s. They look amazing and sound amazing. I didn’t have a massive Gourd or any hide so i had to settle with a coffee can… It’s played with dark piece of wood between your knees with the copper pipe on your lap to keep it in place with one hand on each sideContinue reading “12 String Coffee Can Kora”
My previous attempt at a microphone for Hecktate’s vocalist Jon was a roaring failure. Not because it didn’t work, but because it was far too noisy and didn’t really suit his style of running around and destroying things on stage. So I’ve come up with a much sturdier solution… Amazingly simple, Copper pipe, Hose clips,Continue reading “The Piperophone”
Ektara‘s normally have a cane of bamboo split in two with a soundbox at the base and a tuning peg at the top. The bamboo is pressed together to change the pitch of the string… I’ve changed things a bit… I chopped a length of fresh bamboo at two nodes, making a closed cylindrical bitContinue reading “The 1-Stringed presplit Bamboo-cane Ektara?”
Antique Cork Tipped Cigarette box turned into a mini 6 string Dulcimer with handmade Bamboo hammers. pictures by my lovely wife.
I had 5 minutes free at lunch today, so knocked up a Bamboo Koudi. I’m not that skilled at wind instruments (yet!) so only managed two pitches, but considering how simple it was to make i think i might experiment with it some more!
I decided to steal the prongs off of a Mbira for my acoustic monster, so there was a perfectly nice coconut shell body just waiting to be used. An hour or so later after some tinkering I present to you the 3 Stringed Coconut Shell Balalaika! http://www.divshare.com/flash/playlist?myId=11414740-e45
It was my friend’s birthday recently, and considering she’s an unbelievably talented musician I figured if anyone can make this sound good, she can… http://www.myspace.com/hazlittmusic Again based on the chinese Erhu and esentially the same only shorter version of the other hobo-erhu I made. Hopefully if she manages to record something on it i’ll put upContinue reading “Hazlitt’s Ho-Bo-Er-Hu”
For my Minimonium project i had to get some springs… this left me with a large surplus of springs.
An Erhu is a 2 stringed chinese violin of sorts, traditionally made with snake skin and a hexagonal wooden sound box made from nice wood… I’ve used a Baked Bean tin, some picture frame hooks and a piece of scrap wood i found at work. I’ve piezo’d it up for good measure too.