instruments was the path that led me from music to sculpture. I was inspired
particularly by African instruments, their sounds their forms and their
use of materials.
to hear sound of llechiphones (mp3 file
for details of buying recordings of llechiphones.
See also my article
"Slate" in Experimental Musical Instruments.
I started making karimbas
in 1982. They are based on a type of mbira widely used by the Shona people
in Zimbabwe. The main differences between mine and the traditional instrument
are the sound box and the buzzers. Traditionally the keys are mounted on a
board and this is played inside a large pumpkin sized gourd. I have replaced
this with a hollowed out box. Most commonly the buzzers are made from bottle
tops instead of the detachable wire and tin gadget that I use.
to hear sound of karimbas with double bass
and llechiphone, played by Benoît Keller and Pierre Corbi (mp3 file
for details of buying recordings of karimba.
and images © copyright Will Menter.