Playing With & For The Community
It finally happened! Our Sound Garden Installation at Toa Payoh Central CC PassionArts festival ground art made its appearance. Prior to that Dave Lim, Jacquelyn Soo and myself conducted some workshops with the music students at Toa Payoh Central CC to let the kids have a feel of how the instruments would look and feel like to play on. We came up with alternative musical instruments, made from easily available materials, some recycled too. First group are drums, made from recycled jerry cans or better known as “detergent containers” mounted on welded steel frames.
I even made mallets in various sizes for the drums out of old drumsticks earlier on, with fabric material salvaged from the former Singapore Arts Festival a few years ago.
Next are the metal percussions made from kitchen utensils, suspended on a welded steel frame.
Lastly the PVC pipe slap organ, tuned from A2 right up to C5, a total of 28 notes. This was the most elaborate piece done so far.
The pipes had to be measured out to different lengths for different pitches.
Then it is joined up in segments.
After all joints are made, tuning begins as each joint itself alters the original pitch. Compensations are made by trimming off lengths of each pipe. It is tuned against organ samples for pitch. Shortest pipes are the easiest to tune.
After trimming pipes for pitch to compensate for the joints.
Even the trimmings come in useful in adding compensations to final segments. Finally all the pipes are tuned and awaits mounting on the steel frame.
Finally, it makes the appearance, and
Kids played on all of them, made melodic noise and had great fun.
Kids and artists with the MP after the performance.