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The person who served me when I bought this small mbira in a shop in Chalon-sur-Saône a few years ago thought it came from Côte d'Ivoire or perhaps Benin. It is tuned to it's own scale, which gives it a unique flavour. What you can't see in this photo is that it is made on a tin can that once had pilchards in it. The musical advantage of that - and the reason I bought it - is that I can put a small amount of water inside and use that to change the sound as I swill it around. At the moment, it is one of my favourite instruments and I play it often. The piece that I'm playing here The End Of a Mild Winter, I made yesterday, April 9th 2014. I recorded myself seven times, but each time I only played one of the keys - that is, each recording consists of only one repeated note. I didn't listen to the tracks I had already recorded when I played. When mixing, I tweaked it but only a tiny bit. I removed 3 or 4 notes that I found a bit twangy. So what you hear is a chance combination of the 7 keys of the mbira. I have listened to it a lot and I find it much more interesting than anything I could plan or compose! I've used a similar process to this on several of my recent pieces. I think it allows and invites a creative way of listening. Yet, it is puzzling that a systematic but random process like this produces what, to me, seems an emotional piece of music. I hope you like it... I'm always pleased to hear any comments if you have a moment to write firstname.lastname@example.org ; and I always try to reply!
note : 9 days later on April 18th I played the same instrument on the beach near St Andrews in Scotland. I filmed myself and then edited using the same principle of layering single notes. You can see this here.
note : 9 jours plus tard, le 18 avril, je me suis installé à la plage non loin de St Andrews en Ecosse et j'ai joué le même instrument. Je me suis filmé et après j'ai fait le montage en utilisant le même principe de plusieurs couches. Ce montage est visible et audible ici.
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