Brendon Bussy

Workshop: Making Useful Instruments

Posted in Design, Invention, Materials, Music, New Old Old New, Research, Workshops by Brendon Bussy on June 25, 2011

I’m going to be running a workshop focusing on building and playing stringed instruments made from found objects.

Based on traditional (and not so traditional) African instruments such as harps, fiddles, lutes – made from tins, cardboard tubes, boxes, and any suitable odd but useful object.

seriously playing a cardboard kora in district 6

In the first session we’ll explore basic principles by making a simple instrument.  In the second, we’ll allow our imaginations free rein and each design an instrument with unique features. During the next two sessions we’ll develop the designs by making prototypes exploring all of the possibilities.

We’ll also learn how to play our instruments as we make them, ending each session with a mini jam session and basic instruction in African rhythm .

Dates: 4 Saturdays – 23rd July, 30thJuly, 6th August, 13thAugust
Time: 10 – 2pm
Cost: R1600

To book e-mail me

I plan to run this workshop from my own studio workshop so numbers are limited.

sardine can and chopstick harp

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  1. phiaudio said, on June 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    District 6? It looks as verdant as Stellenbosch. Very nice post on an idea remarkable for its fun and simplicity whilst being, as you correctly maintain, serious.

  2. brendon said, on June 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    District 6 – a beautiful wasteland. Actually that’s my favourite spot, I always walk through it on the way home from town. I’ll bring you something nice from G Town!

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