A Garden of Instruments
to the wonderful collection of things which make the HipWorks Mobile Tone-Magnet
such a fun studio to operate. As you will see, some things one might
expect in a studio (drum kit) are absent; while the vast majority of the
other instruments and sonic-objects may be altogether unfamiliar.
became deeply interested in finding and incorporating non-Western sounds
into my music in 1985, when I began what would eventually be four cumulative
years living and working in parts of Asia. Later, in 1990-91, access
to the World Trade Center's (in Boston) many international shops and booths
-- many of which sold musical instruments -- brought other ethnicities
into the collection. When I discovered the music and instruments of Harry
Partch, I felt I'd died and gone to Heaven. My fondness for the sound
of the windchimes on the Beach
album eventually led me into what has
become a seven-year hobby; building windchimes and what I call "woodchimes".
Devices in ITALICS are self-invented or self-built.
of the following is a link to a photo
of which are lo-rez...sorry) and brief description of something used on
my recorded work.
Have fun browsing!
thanks to Bryan Church Smith for the use of his digital camera
during Summer 2001.
New Sonic Objects
Harps Autumn 2003
Zither and Autoharp Summer 2003
1" and "Scirving
2" November 16, 2001
April 10, 2001
Aural Innovations Article
My Homemade -
(and other) Odd Instruments
Air-Powered Sonic Objects
Impact-Powered Sonic Objects
& simple hand-drum
toy drum machine
Stringed Sonic Objects
body electric mandolin
spike fiddle & Korean "hey-gum" fiddle
Keyed Sonic Objects
Homemade Windchime Collection"