Brendon Bussy

How to Build a Harp in the Ground

Posted in Invention, Materials, Music, New Old Old New by Brendon Bussy on June 2, 2011

Last week Nicola Visser and I decided to make a Ground Harp.

So we met at Cape Town’s Constantia Nek and headed into the pine plantation equipped with spade and Angel the dog – the essential ground harp equipment.

We placed a soundboard over a hole which Nicky had dug amongst the roots of a tree. Then one foot on the board, we tensioned a length of nylon gut which had been attached to the centre of the board.


Here Nicola plays the harp whilst Angel listens:

Rather nice I must say. Next time we’ll try make a larger hole to get a deeper thump. And bring another dog too.

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  1. phiaudio said, on June 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    And then? Did you record some of it? Oh, now I get it. Angel did.

  2. brendon said, on June 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    You got it 🙂

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