Plenty to do, but there’s always time for some quirky fun, especially with all the toys at my disposal at Hands-On Music. Here’s a little sonic adventure using Hammerax effects stacks, gongs and cymbals. Featured instruments are the Slap, Bash, Spanky, 6″ hihats, 2 Boomywhangs and a 21″ Indigo Flat Ride.
This week features the Chinese Opera Gong, a true Jekyll-Hyde instrument and ever popular on our Sound Tree (which we’ll feature as a single instrument one of these weeks). Just think, if you were in China walking down the street playing one of these, you may be asked “Are you going to the Opera?” …
Here is a donkey’s jawbone from Peru. You play it by striking the side of the jaw and it sounds like a vibra-slap. Ironically,the vibra-slap was created to mimic a jawbone. Obviously donkey jawbones aren’t necessarily obtainable, so the vibra-slap was created in its place
Here’s the Boomywhang, by Hammerax. No longer in production, this is a real attention getter. Perhaps Hammerax founder, John Stannard, will start making them again if enough people like it.