Audition creation.

Process: Handmade Tambourine.

For my audition for my sound arts place, we were told to bring a mp3 file for video or music. I created a video clip from capturing a video shots of Storm Dorris last year and extracts from a video of one of Dad’s band percussionist. I immersed them both together, producing a 3 minute video.

Beside the video entry, I wanted to show my designing side. Linking my percussion video to my idea. I begun brainstorming what percussion I could craft by hand.  Tambourine instrument seemed like capable percussion to create, researching standard Tambourine sizes to make it look near realistic in comparison to factory made tambourines. I then gathered my aesthetics which was;

  •  2 x 8 inch Embroidery Hoops
  • Bamboo skewers sticks
  • 16 x Copper washers
  • Acyrlic Paint
  • Wood Glue

I painted the embroidery hoops with purple acrylic paint then left them to dry, I followed that with another coating of acrylic paint. The hoops have now dried, I then measured the two hoops together, making sure they were in line with one and other. I then 8 marked points to were the copper washes would go, which would later be drilled to fit the sticks to hold the structure together. After the holes are drilled in, I cut up the equal measured skewers for the hoops and tested them into the drilled holes to see if they fit. Before inserting the equal bamboo sticks, I painted the sticks purple and air-dried them. Coming together, the two copper washes are paired and placed in the middle of the marked points. The sticks are set in the marked areas with the copper washers and sealed with wood glue on both ends of the drilled holes. I then waited for a hour for the handcraft to dry.

For a finishing touch, I coated the tambourine with PVA Glue for a glossy outlook. You can also create this, you could benefit from using glass bottle tops instead of copper washers for a better sound then the heaviness of a copper washers. Feel free to try.





Published by esthergaylesoundarts

I was born in Bedfordshire, England. I'm from a musical and artistic background, with creating music and writing songs from a young age. Still life drawing, carpentry and sculpture design is an area in Art that I have previously studied. I am B.A Sound Arts & Design student at London College of Communication in London, learning to become a Sound Practitioner in Sound Arts. I did a sound installation called, 'Bari (Home)' at Gallery 46, White Chapel, April 2019 about the cultural integration of the Tower Hamlet of London area. My influences have come form contextual art, artistes, music and sound, film and audio visual works. I'm intrigued by sound discovery and perception of the sounds we hear.

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