Here’s a second video, going into more detail about my electric Clavichord:
I’ve been making an electric clavichord over the last few months and have recently finished it, although I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it for a while. Above is a short video documenting the process and demonstrating the instrument.Continue reading “Electric Clavichord”
Here’s an instrument I made in the mid 1990s while at Dartington. It’s a set of tuned cylindrical chimes suspended by fishing wire over a wooden tank of water. A foot pedal lowers the chimes into the water, which flattens the pitch.
It was largely successful, but It was extremely heavy, cumbersome, rusty, leaky and unpredictable.
Featuring Joseph Sanger on keys.
This is the trailer for the documentary about Mac Tontoh and his comeback tours in 1999/2000. I was one of the two keyboard players on these tours.
In late 2016 I designed and made a new instrument, a sort of cross between a shakuhachi and a Swanee whistle, partially based on an idea from the excellent Musical Instrument Design by Bart Hopkin. It’s a fairly versatile instrument, though difficult to play (and probably not appropriate for “serious music”). This is a demonstration video.
In August I visited double bass player and old friend Dave Pullin. It was the first time we’d seen each other for nearly a decade, and the first time we’d played together for even longer than that. We talked, drank coffee and improvised music. Here are some recordings from that day.
In Norfolk in the summer of 2017 I found myself playing shakuhachi with a group of very vocal chickens. This recording has not been processed in any way… And no animals were harmed.
Playing a 12-bar blues with myself.
I’ve known the extraordinarily talented Hannah Sanders for as long as I can remember. In the summer of 2017 we found the time to record this together.
The debut live performance of “Brotherhood Of Sang”.
This is an improvised performance with myself on Shakuhachi and my brother Luke on Make Noise modular synthesiser.
This is my arrangement of Erik Satie’s famous Gymnopedie No. 1 for 1.6 shakuhachi (in E) and nylon-string banjo.
Manipulated and frozen oboe quintet composed by Duncan Hendy with shakuhachi by Joseph Myoushin Sanger.