Making Music with Found Objects
Sadie Damascus

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.