Although I made this one a while ago, I’ve only got around to making a recording of it! It’s a mini-Kora style instrument made from one half of a novelty coconut bra, a plank of wood and a bunch of piano tuning pins.
I saw a TED talk where David Holt played a Mouthbow, it sounded amazing and looked like it used similar mouth techniques that I’ve used before on Singing bowls. So I made a quick one from a plank of wood, a piano tuning pin and an acoustic guitar string. So so so so simple!Continue reading “A simple Mouthbow”
Before I hand off one of my Leviaphones I bought it into the studio to get Rich to play around on it, here’s the video!
This instrument is a quick prototype that could lead to some much bigger ideas. In a lot of my droning machines I need to place the motors as far from the pickups as possible to avoid interference/noise being generated from the moving parts. With this instrument I’ve used that noise/interference to my advantage to generate aContinue reading “Analogue Interference Synth”
For my 101st post I’m giving you another incredibly simple instrument that you could build yourself in a matter of minutes. With just a stick/bolt/pole going through a can/pringle tube/anything you can use a small cupboard hinge as a bridge/whammy bar hybrid. You could have it one stringed or just simply loop the same stringContinue reading “Reverse Slide Can”
As part of my commission for Christopher Campbell I created a fretted Dronemachine. It used circular washers, the shades from desk lamps, my usual circular pickup from an electric fan, bits of shower rails and various bits and bobs. The idea was nice and simple, the method of play was much like my other machinesContinue reading “Not all Dronemachines are created equal”
This is an instrument made from an old heating valve Actuator casing, a strip of wood and a bunch of Piano Tuning pins. There’s not much more to say about it! I’ve been a bit slack with the Blog lately, I’ve got tons of JUSTABOUT finished projects coming up though. If you’re interested inContinue reading “The Actuatolin”
Recently my headphones broke, so naturally I had to make some more from scrap wood, nuts and bolts and the bits that were still working. They’ve come out quite nicely!
I’ve recently been really enjoying Tuvan music and the philosophies and views they have on music. All of their instruments are made from things they find in nature, wood, bone, hides etc. Their music too is a form of mimicry of their surroundings, often the rhythms are akin to horse hooves, the throat singing resembles the windContinue reading “Igilish”
I’ve just finished a commission which has taken me a good few.months to complete. So it felt right to work on something that would materialise much much quicker. I looked around my bits of scrap that I keep for the ‘just incase’ times. I found this grill from a small electric fan that sounded funContinue reading “The Fanhorn Harp”