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 Post subject: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 13.08.2009, 11:09 
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I have invented a new hybrid didge - the opendidge - that can play many notes and that is
designed specifically to be amplified. Some of you have already had a sneak preview at the DidgeHead festival:)
The article that describes the basic idea, the acoustics of the instrument and that also gives technical details for construction can be found at http://martino.fluiditj.com/opendidge.pdf
At points it is a little technical but I think still quite readable - you can skip the technical bits at a first reading anyway.
A practical hands on demonstration, and in which you can also listen to the amplified sound, can be found at
http://www.youtube.com/martindidge
It is called opendidge because acoustically it consists of tubes open at both ends rather than just one end as is the didgeridoo. It is also open because I would like people to feel free to take the idea and modify the instrument in whatever way your fancy takes you - in the spirit of opensource.
At the end of the article there is a list of possible variations on the basic idea. If people come up with cute variations it would be great if they could also be shared in the same spirit.
Have fun:)
Martin

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 Post subject: Re: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 13.08.2009, 17:43 
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Yay ! Great idea this Martin !!! :D
Could become a really nice octopus instrument !

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 Post subject: Re: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 13.08.2009, 19:50 
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Nice one Martin. Good to see the youtube vid describing the component parts etc.

I'll consider develeping my own prototype after having seen yours last weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 14.08.2009, 01:24 
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Martin,

This is absolutely fascinating! You should sell this to the Blue Man Group! Totally cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 16.08.2009, 09:37 
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Good idea Martin.
Your medusa is an interesting extension of the open Y-didges made from wood forks.
May be you can use additional tubs with holes in it or telescopic tubs with continuous variable lengths.
The piezo pick up near the mouthpiece remembers me on an experiment I have done 2002 on a little art festival in Bavaria. I have modified a little piezo pick up to fix it on my eyetooth and mixed this sound with the real didge sound.
Crazy effects …Barugula

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 Post subject: Re: Opendidge - Electric Medusa
PostPosted: 17.08.2009, 08:39 
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Frank wrote:
Good idea Martin.
Your medusa is an interesting extension of the open Y-didges made from wood forks.
May be you can use additional tubs with holes in it or telescopic tubs with continuous variable lengths.
The piezo pick up near the mouthpiece remembers me on an experiment I have done 2002 on a little art festival in Bavaria. I have modified a little piezo pick up to fix it on my eyetooth and mixed this sound with the real didge sound.
Crazy effects …Barugula

Hi Frank,
Theoretically there are of course similarities between medusa and the Y-didges but having the forking close to or inside the mouthpiece makes the various notes easier to play. And having then many small tubes gives you the possibility of a variety of notes.
I have made a plastic version with a double slide that plays nicely though the construction of the slides is not perfect. There are really an infinity of possible variations on the basic idea and for that I also wanted to make the project "open" so that all possibilities can be explored.
I have put some pictures of some of my instruments here
martino.fluiditj.com/opendidge.html
Maybe you would be interested in the theoretical explanations and discussions in the article that is at
martino.fluiditj.com/opendidge.pdf

cheers, M

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