this is a simple jig for holding daxophone
and kalimba/thumb piano keys. the body and clamp are made from
pine scrap wood. the clamping mechanism consists of two bolts
running in slots routed into the base and passing through the clamp
block into two threaded handles.
a number of daxophone keys are visible. these are simply pieces of
wood wihch are bowed like a violin; the shapes provide different
bowing surfaces, timbres and pitches. the resulting tones range
from cello-like to oddly vocal growls (the name daxophone is a play
on the german word for beaver, and it can sound quite animalistic).
the instrument is the invention of Hans Reichel; please see his wonderful web page
i also find the jig handy for holding bits of metal, bamboo,
etc. to be plucked like a kalimba or thumb piano.
the eBow kalimba photos and accompanying mp3 "a crowded
firehouse" use tines from the brushes of street cleaning machines,
picked up from the gutters of various cities.
sample has four layered tracks here, three of which use EBow.
the two drones are a mix of microphone and the electric kalimba
pickup. there is no other processing; the ringing and throbbing
are the result of the interaction between the EBow and various
modes of vibration of the kalimba tines.
the "drum&bass" were produced by tapping down on the kalimba
tines with my fingertips, sometimes releasing immediately,
sometimes pressing or dragging along the tine.
the "lead" sound is played on a single tine. i am pressing the
tine behind the EBow, and rolling my fingertip to change pitch.
a crowded firehouse (EBow Electric Kalimba) mp3
samples, loops, and Reason/Mach5 banks coming soon...