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Extraordinary Feedback Kalimba Drone Raga (MP3)

RP Collier is a virtuoso of his own makeshift gadget


Highly recommended, easily one of my favorite things I have posted in months. This “Feedback Raga”is an intense, Fourth World rhythmic drone created on a makeshift thumb piano, or kalimba. The device was made by RP Collier of Portland, Oregon. By his own explanation, the thumb piano is “made from a metal clamshell box with hairpin tines attached to a flat metal dish resonator,”the dish acting “like a feedback antenna.”A piezo microphone transforms the notes into dense, overtone rich columns of noise, and the feedback bends notes into one another and develops this overwhelming undercurrent of electric activity — an undercurrent of current. The picture above is from Collier’s set.

Track originally posted for free download at More of Collier’s music at Collier sent me the links via email earlier this week, right after I had posted the Alarm Will Sound rendition of composer Asha Srinivasan’s chamber orchestra ragas.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Larry Johnson
    [ Posted June 8, 2013, at 8:52 pm ]

    With the artist’s permission, I uploaded a remix here:

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