Making Music with Found Objects
Sadie Damascus
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Music 1 - Room #102

Bring stuff from home to the festival!

Look around you at all the objects you could use to make music:

Paper-wrapped combs, car parts, or goblets that ring when struck

Drumsticks on fences, walls, trashcans, or anything

Large buckets or cans or any resonant surfaces for drumming

Rough-surfaced objects for rubbing with a stick or spoon

Bells, rattles, bicycle horns, spools, tonky-sounding sticks to hit together

Animal horns

Two (large) spoons held or tied back-to-back

Things taped together and shaken

Bullroarers (string you twirl over your head with something with a hole in it tied to the end; experiment!)

Whistling wine glasses

Beaded gourds or dried gourds with seeds, shaken jewelry

Echoey cardboard or PVC pipes

Pots and pans,

Ratchety things, tools, shells, rocks, thimbles, bamboo

Bubbling or empty water jugs

Similar metal items that can play a scale (I sometimes use Renaissance Faire goblets, duct-taped to a board)

Hollow branches

Paper tearing

Shaking cardboard or bandaid boxes of small objects

Whistles inside larger pipes


Shaken sheets of metal, crumpling foil, noisemakers, rainmakers, zippers, boxes of nuts or marbles or seeds

Body and hand clapping, mouth music, humming, whistling, moaning, shrieking, muttering, chanting, singing backwards, rhythmic grunting, jingles or children's rhymes, odd voices, cheek tapping, finger snapping, jumping or tapdancing

Teeth, bones, sticks, rubber bands, duck calls, wooden shoes, toys, including children's percussion toys


Snappy cloth

ANYTHING that makes sounds

Together we can create wonder and weirdness, and maybe beauty.

Sadie Damascus played impromptu music with an international crowd of exiles and travellers in Goa, India, on Christmas of 1970. Coconuts, buckets, water jars, spam cans, wooden spoons, glassware, barrels, bikes, bamboo, trees, canteens, and anything they had were the instruments on which these hippies and refugees from twenty nations played together. They sang together in their different languages, but communicated most easily through drumming and tootling, whistling and grunting, rasping and ringing, slapping and tapping and hollering, all Xmas eve night and most of Xmas day, in a tiny beach village backed by the jungle. This workshop will attempt to recreate this chaotic splendor, with whatever objects workshop attendees have brought from around the house or yard.