I have been gathering quirky little instruments and musical odds and ends for quite some time and, whilst many of these have made their way into my songs, there are still some that remain stubbornly under-used. We were discussing this a couple of days ago and as a result, Katharina set me a challenge, or rather a series of challenges:
For 10 weeks you will produce sounds or tunes with the instruments listed below. There is always more than one, which means both need to be used for the melody – not after each other or two different sound snippets. You can record the sounds separately and mix them together later. Once you have recorded the sounds or melodies, you need to blog about it. There’s a prize at the end. Now go out and make a noise!
UPDATE: This whole project is now available as an album for download – ‘Obscurities‘.
Week 1 (24.12.2012 – 30.12.2012):
DM1 (iPad App) and Walnut Flute
Week 2 (31.12.2012 – 06.01.2013):
Node Beat (iPad App) and Clarinet
Week 3 (07.01.2013 – 13.01.2013):
Kalimba and Celtic Flute
Week 4 (14.01.2013 – 20.01.2013):
Alto Recorder and Whirlie
Week 5 (21.01.2013 – 27.01.2013):
Beat Pad (iPad App) and Mouth Organ
Week 6 (28.01.2013 – 03.02.2013):
Garageband and Egg Shaker
Week 7 (04.02.2013 – 10.02.2013):
MeeBlip and Busilaccio Organ
Week 8 (11.02.2013 – 17.02.2013):
Launchkey (iPad App) and Gong
Week 9 (18.02.2013 – 24.02.2013):
Piano, Ocarina and Rainstick
Week 10 (25.02.2013 – 03.03.2013):
Sound Brush (iPad App) and Rührtrommel (stirring drum)
There are some interesting combinations of instruments and software to work with – some of which could be a real challenge to make musical. I’ll post the results here as they are completed!