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Library Scrapophony

Here’s a video snippet from a event in Pioneer Park sponsored by the Mountain View Public Library in Mountain View, CA. This was originally supposed to be an ‘Adult Activity’ in the Community Room, but since it was such a nice … Continue reading

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Mixed Media Too

Here’s another image of a somewhat different setup for modern dance accompaniment at Stanford University from the one used in the first ‘Mixed Media’ post. Actually, most of the instruments here are not from found sounds, with the exception of the little … Continue reading

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Ephemeral Scrapophony

Here are some photos demonstrating the process of assembling a temporary scrapophone. The first photo is the empty rack described in a previous post about scrapophone racks. You can click on the image to enlarge it, but as you will see, this … Continue reading

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Mixed Media

Scrapophony can also mix nicely with more ‘conventional’ sounds as demonstrated in this photo of a setup I used to accompany a modern dance class at Stanford University. Click on the image for a larger view. Although most of the … Continue reading

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Paper Towel Rolls

Watch this video to see what you can do with a couple of empty paper towel rolls and a couple of rubber bands. Paper Towel Percussion

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Scrapophone Racks

A scrapophone isn’t necessarily a static instrument like the tuna can shaker, or the washaker. Very often it will consist of a varying collection of items hung from some sort of ‘percussion rack’, that may or may not be made from repurposed materials. The … Continue reading

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Stone River

The image to the left is a snapshot of instruments used to accompany the dance performance Along the_River choreographed and directed by Karin Cabello-Moriarty, and performed at the Andy Goldsworthy sculpture ‘Stone River’ in front of the Cantor Museum at Stanford University … Continue reading

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Washaker

A bit of 1/4 inch irrigation tube, a couple of small cable ties, a few washers and some string combine to make a washaker.  The washers need to stay somewhat clustered together so they can jingle against each other. The … Continue reading

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Tuna Can Shaker

Some version of  this could be done with pretty much any tin can, but a 3 inch ‘ABS test cap’ fit quite nicely for the tuna can I used. Okay, so what’s an ABS test cap? It’s a cap used in plumbing … Continue reading

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Key Wind Chimes

The key (sic) to getting a good sound from key wind chimes is proper spacing of the keys so they bounce into each other enough to create a pleasing sound but not so much that the sound is deadened. You … Continue reading

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