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Distant Tongues

By miraclemiles on October 18, 2020 11:16 pm

This week I take a break from chronicling the adventures of our oscillating time travelers and their tacos, birds and presidents. But fear not, they will be back soon with more adventures. I hear they recently had some strange alien encounters with something called pokemons.

Until then, I explore a new instrument: a steel tongue drum. It arrived from the far away land they call Russia a week ago. In that time I have pittered and pattered, thwipped and thwopped about on its D Celtic Minor tuned tongues. In doing so, it has brought me great peace. We have become friends. To capture the fruits of our budding friendship, I turned on a video camera and placed a microphone just so. Then let the pitters patter and the thwipps thwop in a joyful improvisaton. Who was playing who? A conversation.

To create this song, I took a cohesive 5 minute section of my session, pulled some loops here and there, and kept a few longer phrases as I played them. Brought other friends out to play: cajon, djembe, talking drum. We laughed into the night. Some other sounds emerged in Live, percussion mostly. Some low-end synths. A zeze stringed instrument from Africa (sampled instrument released by Behr), and pitched tabla samples. I think this is the beginning of great friendship.

I plan on sharing a version of this, possibly the whole 5 minute improvisation, for the Disquiet Junto project: a weekly music project with themes. This weeks theme is: "From a Distance, make music intended to be heard from afar,"  along with percussion, for that project. I imagine walking along in a meadow approaching a forest, and hearing these sounds being played by a campfire off in the distance.

This is the full improvised recording:

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October 19, 2020 12:39 am

Very nice sounding percussions into this.

October 19, 2020 1:12 am

Really enjoyed this. The percussion is really great, and it blends really well with the melody. Love the imagery you mentioned in your description, too; it fits!

October 19, 2020 1:48 am

It's cool to hear some "exotic" instruments.  I'm not familiar at all with steel tongue drums, but it sounds really nice.  I can totally picture hearing this coming from a distant campfire.

October 19, 2020 8:28 pm

This sounds so real and good. I am completely flashed. It has a nice groove to it and a decent melody going on in the background. Beautiful number 42.

October 20, 2020 3:40 am

Fantastic, all the way through and I loved your track description.

October 22, 2020 9:01 pm
djippy wrote:

Very nice sounding percussions into this.

Hey thanks much, glad you liked! You're a drummer too right? Appreciate that from a fellow percussion person!

hent03 wrote:

Really enjoyed this. The percussion is really great, and it blends really well with the melody. Love the imagery you mentioned in your description, too; it fits!

Oh cool, glad you like the imagery, I was in a little silly mood at the time I think. Or just a good mood. Glad you found the percusssion blended ok too. It's percussion heavy, but I like it that way.

CosmicCairns wrote:

It's cool to hear some "exotic" instruments.  I'm not familiar at all with steel tongue drums, but it sounds really nice.  I can totally picture hearing this coming from a distant campfire.

Awesome, thanks. Yeah these are kind of exotic indeed. Looking forward to playing at a distant campfire someday!

Q-Rosh wrote:

This sounds so real and good. I am completely flashed. It has a nice groove to it and a decent melody going on in the background. Beautiful number 42.

Wow, thanks so much, glad you liked it, I appreciate the comment.

fetalface wrote:

Fantastic, all the way through and I loved your track description.

Hey, thanks so much! Glad you liked the description too. Had a little fun with that. Was glad to discover your music this week, thanks for comment.

October 23, 2020 10:47 am

I'm sure somehow this can tie into the story.

It's fun up close as well.

October 23, 2020 3:21 pm

Damn you have a nice collection of drums and percussion.  I've always wanted a talking drum ever since hearing the Black Panther score.  Also instagram keeps telling me I want a tongue drum (with their random ads).  They look really fun to play.  This was a fun jam to listen to.  I can imagine it must be pretty easy to get lost in a long jam with the tongue drum.  Well done!

October 24, 2020 12:44 pm

Love the story behind this, you can feel the energy of the session in the music, this was a real pleasure to listen to, very calming and can hear the curiosity/mystery in the music.

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