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!)
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
Needs more uke. And I’m surprised at the disturbing lack of cowbell.
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.
OK, I’m a convert. More improv instruments!
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!
that’s better than i can do with real instruments.
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.
Add the carrot clarinet and you’ve really got something…
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.
that is awesomeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
way to go!
I like the way the one guy has just got in from his office-drone job, while the other is unemployed.
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