Played last night as flushio=0 (“flush I/O equals zero”, long story…) at Nightlight as part of the 919noise showcase.
I spent my free time last week building the instrument I played. I call it the Kalimbazooka. It is two kalimbas mounted to a large cardboard tube. It has a pizeo contact pickup for amplification. I added a shoulder mount for holding it, and some red LEDs because everything needs red LEDs.
The music at 919noise shows tend to be all over the map, but it’s weird, often improvised, usually electronic in nature, and weird. The Kalimbazooka and my playing of it meets all of the above requirements.
I have to admit, I spent 95% of my time building and testing it, and not that much time learning how to play it. But it went okay anyway. No one threw anything at me (though that may have been due to me holding a large weapon looking device).
I played a short set, only about 12 minutes or so of actual playing. I try to play short sets at this noise shows, typically aiming for about 20-25 minutes. It felt like I played about three times as long, but I don’t have the best perception of time when I’m nervous.
I was worried about having equipment issues, but the kalimbazooka worked great. I did manage to break on of my favourite pieces of gear (a Digitech Space Station), but I can fix it. That threw me off a little bit, since I had practised with it and was planning on using it heavily.
Crowd response seemed good, so I’m happy. I have video of it, so it may go up on youtube at some point.
Now I need to figure out what the next thing I want to build is. I have ideas. Lots of ideas ;->