If a photograph is worth a thousand words, then what is a song worth? If I start by listing the hardware required to create it, here’s what has to be the most jaw-dropping list of instruments I’ve ever encountered. Travel to each of the places where this collection originates and I dare say that your passport stamp collection will be looking pretty healthy:
Amplified tongue drum, Turkish darbuka, New Mexican wooden-headed goblet drum, Igbo Ekwe (two tone log slit drum), Ibo Ekpiri shaker, Vietnamese jack fruit danmo, camel bells, elephant bells, goat bells, 16-tine Thai temple bell, Mimi’s souvenir travel bells collection, Trinidadian tenor steelpan, 5-string table-top electric guitar, Kawai K3, one-man-army chants, Stylophone S1 orchestra, harmonica, drum kit.
Mighty fine effort isn’t it?! All this from aboombong, a Seattle-based artist whose talents backed a short video of Neil Johnson’s show over at Magpie Swop earlier this year. What’s the list from? Their new album, titled amnemonic – check it out here.
Here’s the Magpie Swop video (featuring the track Drag Along Behind) again:
Now, just 62 exotic instruments to go!