The didgeridoo has been around for thousands of years in the Australian outback. It is traditionally made from eucalyptus branches that have been hollowed out by termites. The instruments built in this way have an ethereal quality, and a voice all their own.
In this class we will be going over some of the characteristics of these instruments, and how to replicate them in another material: PVC pipe. PVC is an excellent medium for the instrument; light and loud, what they lose in drone complexity, they gain in vocal clarity. They're also cheap! You can easily make a full chromatic set for a fraction of the price of a eucalyptus instrument.
This class will focus on creating an instrument that produces quality sound in specific keys, as well as finishing them in such a way that makes them truly enjoyable to play.
You will learn in this class:
- how to cut the PVC to specific lengths to have an instrument in a specific key;
- how to safely bend PVC without releasing toxic gasses;
- how to properly dye and paint PVC for a lasting and quality finish;
- how to create a comfortable mouth piece; and finally
- how to play your instrument!
None but an interest in making and playing didgeridoos.
Your registration includes a $15 materials fee to cover the cost of basic class project materials. For those planning to use spray paint, we encourage you to buy your own respirator mask. Appropriate examples are available here:
Jimmie Rodgers, hacker at large and maker of things, has been making, playing, and teaching people how to make and play didgeridoos for over a decade. He's been recorded on a number of albums, and particularly enjoys performing with groups with didgeridoos that he has made. He's made many dozens of PVC didgeridoos, and has learned a number of things to get quality sound, and durable finishes.
Session 1: Physics of Didgeridoos -- Wednesday, November 7, 7-10 PM
Session 2: Bending, Shaping, & Decorating -- Wednesday, November 14, 7-10 PM
***No Class November 21: THANKSGIVING BREAK***
Session 3: Mouthpieces and Musicianship -- Wednesday, November 28, 7-10 PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.