By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 9:13 am Mon, Apr 5, 2010
The drum is a box. The bass is made of two balloons. The results are delightful.
(Thanks, Marti Siebert!)
Play that funky music white boy.
Way better than the MGMT video.
right on the frickin’ money with that ~ Lo fi wins again!
Needs a cigar box guitar.
Pretty cool, though.
Love the balloon bass.
Here’s a version without the insanely annoying lead-in advertisement:
Many thanks. I’ll switch that up.
It appears to be an ELECTRIC balloon bass. very nice
The box is a real instrument. Technically. A Cajon. From Cuba I think.
These two remind me of Bob Mould and Grant Hart.
The drum is not just a box, It’s a CajÃ³n.
Exactly! It’s CajÃ³n or “drum box”, not a box, big difference.
CajÃ³n, yes. It is used a lot in Flamenco performances.
Would squeezing the resonator balloon with his arm change anything? I wonder if he could get an extra degree of freedom on his sound that way.
Nice. The drummer reminds me a little of Porterdavis, whom I saw down in Austin last July. Their drummer is also a guy who sits on a box, though that box is a little more robust. (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TW3z6NKGyY)
Reminded me of porterdavis too. They’re friends of friends of mine and come through here in Maryland every now and again. Their drummer has the cajon and a bunch of stuff strapped to other appendages… bells on one leg sounding kind of like a hi hat, etc. Love those guys.
I like the way the one guy has just got in from his office-drone job, while the other is unemployed.
i use the cajon in two different bands i’m currently working with…thing is, they’re not musical genres one might typically find cajons associated with; alt. folk, & country/americana …mine’s made in germany & has snares inside for extra rattle, (there are even fancy versions w/ dampening pedals, & such) …the effect is like a stripped down trap set w/no hardware to lug around…the instrument originated in peru & became popular w/ afro-cuban & flamenco musicians…but its mad adaptable as evidenced here
I just featured some of Judy Dunaway’s “Mother of Balloon Music” album on my last radio broadcast. Now that’s some seriously amazing balloon work!
Add the carrot clarinet and you’ve really got something…
OK, I’m a convert. More improv instruments!
Needs more uke. And I’m surprised at the disturbing lack of cowbell.
that’s better than i can do with real instruments.
that is awesomeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
way to go!
People say the box is an instrument called the cajÃ³n. I say it’s a box. You know why? CajÃ³n means “big box” in Spanish.
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