Brendon Bussy

The Pleasant Art of Bottle Arranging

Posted in Design, Invention, Materials, New Old Old New, Sound, Workshops by Brendon Bussy on May 25, 2011

I decided to try some lavish documentation of a few of my musical instrument experiments.

So, in the spirit of Ikebane (the harmonious art of Japanese flower arranging) we have:

The Breakfast Punch Harp.

Breakfast Punch Harp

Breakfast Punch Harp: 1 litre tetrapack, chopstick, gut

Made from a juice box of my favourite flavour, this ‘throw-away’ harp is one of my secret weapons.  Despite its temporary nature, and unpredictable sounds, I seem to use it more and more – live and in soundtracks.

And a kalimba like instrument,  the result of the intersection of four chopsticks and a water bottle:

Bottle chopstick harp

Bottle chopstick harp: plastic water bottle, chopsticks

A rather gentle and pleasing sound, especially when the bottle’s bottom is pressed firmly against the player’s heart.

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