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HarrietTubmanPI - 2013-09-17

Amazing. This is apparently a reconstruction of one found in Deskford in 1816, and was the first ever to be played in 2,000 years.

It was supposed to resemble the sound of an animal, and I find it neat that he's playing it using circular breathing, like a didgeridoo.

chumbucket - 2013-09-17

2000 year old cooties on that mouthpiece

bac - 2013-09-18

You don't need circular breathing to get the massively extended long notes that a didgeridoo is known for. It's just that the expulsion or air needed to sustain a note is incredibly minute.

I'm by no means good at it, but after my lips are loosened up and the placement of the piece on my mouth is just right (that's what she said) the difference between the air needed to sustain a note and not exhaling at all is next to nothing.

Boring ass story time: So, once you get the placement right, you actually don't want to take it away from your mouth, so you keep it there and take the deepest breaths you can through your nose. I did this ten times in a row once, stood up, and passed out.

jreid - 2013-09-17

I can make a trombone sound like that too, doesn't mean that's how it's generally played.

HarrietTubmanPI - 2013-09-17

The ones that are found typically have animal heads, so they were probably played to sound like their respective animals?

EvilHomer - 2013-09-17


Screw the Roman swine, needs a "Celts" tag.

Bootymarch - 2013-09-17

Miles Davis joke.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2013-09-17

Was this played by a legion before they opened a can of whoopass on their enemy?

HarrietTubmanPI - 2013-09-17

Nope. This was ceremonial only.

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-09-17

coz you can see how a trio of these instruments could make an awful apocalyptic racket. Perhaps the Brown Chord, even.

Koda Maja - 2013-09-17

Gotta love an instrument with a tongue.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-09-19

This is my new favorite instrument. So long keytar. You had a good run.

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