Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
(Trying to be Glen Velez in 2001)
The more I look, the more richness there is to potentially explore in this deceptively simple instrument: variations in dimension, tuning, jingles, and playing techniques. In particular, I have wished to imitate Björn Tollin’s adaptation of kanjira techniques to his tambourine, which started a whole new style in Sweden. I already had a little tambourine but its head was broken, so I bought a cheap tunable one in an import store about six years ago and started experimenting with it.
I’ve been making some progress, but the jingles were too bright. Traditional riqs, tamburelli/tammorre, pandeiros and panderetas all have drier sounding jingles than the conventional tambourine that you’re most likely to find for cheap prices in import shops. It finally occurred to me that I could try to take out the jingles and re-shape them instead of waiting for the day when I had the disposable income to buy a “real” pandeiro.
It was surprisingly easy, with the help of a few pairs of pliers.
Removing the jingles with wire cutting pliers.
Re-shaping them with pliers.
The re-shaped jingles replaced (I only put in four pairs).
I added some little Chinese coins too, for fun.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This is hard to do. My attempts so far show the typical features of beginning poetry: most of my attention goes to fitting the form, so that I'm not as free to express what I might be feeling or wanting to say. I can try to steer the point or argument of the poem in a general direction, but I'm still mostly a back-seat driver, with the form at the wheel, sometimes taking turns I didn't intend.
Still, this specimen might not stink too badly, so I'm sharing it.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
First, Reformed Gothic. Roman equivalents are below, with IPA symbols in brackets. And you can see the source for this script here.
And here, a 19-letter version of a Counterfactual Roman alphabet.
I reserve no copyrights for these. I want people to write with them.