Presenting a new Creek musical instrument for the Green Corn Festival
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you THE SLUG!
In March 2017, a tornado struck my cabin directly, ripping off the roof and rafters. I looked up from the ceiling of the bathroom, where the dogs and I had taken refuge and soon saw stars . . . after the rain that followed the tornado had flooded the hovel and shorted out the power. The tornado also blew down a Sugar Maple near my cabin. A year ago, I cut out a 48″ curved section of the tree and began to carefully hollow it out. The instrument was finished just as I was moving away from the Rat Hotel.
THE SLUG can reproduce the tones of at least 10 drums, so it sounds like several drummers are playing together. I can get much more mellow tones, like a marimba, if I attach a guitar microphone to the Slug’s Belly. However, so far, I have not figured out how to connect the mini-amplifier of the guitar mike to the Bus Port of my computer. There is bound to be a way.
Here is my first attempt at recording the sounds of THE SLUG! Click the URL below:
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