Here’s a one month album using banjo, diddley bow, percussion and looper.
This is a home-made diddley bow. It’s made out of a plank of wood from a shelf, a guitar pickup and three strings. I’m also playing through my home-made looper.
A looper cover of the Johnny Cash classic.
A Song by Joe Blood and the Bleedin’ Noras.
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.
The Joe Blood Looper is made from Csound Code on a 1st-generation Raspberry Pi, a DIY Joystick kit, an old Edirol soundcard, and plywood.
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.