Mbira Experiment 1 of 2

March 19, 2009 2:21 PM

WARNING: High pitched feedback. Sorry about your ears to everyone streaming the RSS.

Instead of plucking the tines I banged on the back of the instrument with a rubber mallet. A homemade contact mic was held in place by the tines, but just barely, and fed into a distorted guitar amp. A broken solder point ended this experiment.

posted by dagosto (4 comments total)

Well this sounds like an experiment that went very WELL! I love how, at the end, it sounds like you broke the damn thing! Did ya break it?!!! Hahahah, that was a fun listen!
posted by snsranch at 5:54 PM on March 19, 2009

Yes, I did in fact break the contact microphone. It was just one of these though and it was a snap to fix. I recommend making one if you haven't already.
posted by dagosto at 6:29 PM on March 19, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oh, man, ouch. This sounds like a transmission from crashlanded mbira aliens.

(I've got a contact mic like that, too, but the whole thing is dipped in liquid rubber.)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:05 AM on March 20, 2009

This sounds like a transmission from crashlanded mbira aliens.

Wait till you play it backwards, Karlos.
posted by micayetoca at 6:33 AM on March 21, 2009

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