My neighbour has a totally annoying and invasive bamboo forest which is constantly threatening my garden. As part of my strategy to fight this monster I began cutting this stuff back and turning the dead into musical instruments.
I’ve made a range of things from Boobams to Kung Fu style transverse flutes to bigÂ clavÃ©s like the ones you see polynesians beating on at those touristy Luaus.
Making musical instruments is fun and educational. As a starting point I would suggest checking out the action-packed little book ‘Vibrations’ by David Sawyer. It’s pretty much the Bible for DIY noise making projects.
I used various home-made, bamboo percussion sticks and drums extensively on the title song off of the recent Beautiful Sounds album starting at about 6:00 in.
Totally apropos of nothing, at least one inspiration for that section came from a song off an old Cat Stevens’ (nÃ©Ã© Yusuf Islam) record ‘Catch Bull At Four’… where there is a percussion ‘breakdown’ in one of the songs using similar timbres.