"Folk instruments" is listed as one of my interests, and perhaps that term needs some clarification. By "folk instruments" I'm not referring to instruments used in 60s flower-child bands, it was just the best term I could think of at the time to indicate musical instruments which are generally not included in Western orchestras.There may be a better term, but I am unaware of it. Anyways, I collect and (attempt to) play various folk instruments, mostly woodwinds, including sulings (Indonesian bamboo flutes), penny whistles, thumb pianos, a bamboo aerophone, pan pipes, ocarinas, etc. My most cherished instruments are my Native American style flutes. They are also the instruments with which I seem to have the greatest rapport. I received my first one as a Yule gift from my mother, a gorgeous Sparrowhawk flute made by High Spirits Flutes. My second (or second and third, depending upon your perspective) flute, Amon Olorin ABS resin set, was a birthday gift. My third flute, a Tsunami, I purchased a short time ago.
While up at Andrew's house earlier this week, he recorded me playing some of my Native American style flutes. All three pieces are pure improvisations on my part, and the only editing that has been done to them was the addition of a slight bit of reverberation. They are in mp3 format and are all under a minute long (they were essentially just sound tests we did to see how well each of the flutes sounded). My musical internet debut:
• six-hole Western Red Cedar flute in the key of A
• five-hole Tulip Poplar flute in the key of F
• five-hole Tulip Poplar flute in the key of F (2)
They're not exactly masterpieces, but I was really smitten by the fact that for the first time I could listen to something I had played while I wasn't actually playing it.
I discovered Sam Weber's work in the Communication Arts Illustration annual which came out this month, and it's really spectacular! Go see > Sam Weber Illustration (some of my favorites are Lavinia, Deer, and Rabbit)
ambience: my own