We received a bunch of photos by Rachel Telles in Alamogordo NM so I figured we could use them to talk about another composition by Scrap Arts Music. Click on each image for a larger view.
About: Thirteen Strings
In performance, you see Greg S., Jill and Malcolm on Sighchordions at stage right; Gregory K with his Mojo, at center stage; and Spencer, bowing his Nail Violin which is set upon a Ziggurat Drum, at stage left.
Gregory starts the composition alone, by plucking the strings of the Mojo. When he picks up his bamboo sticks and starts striking the strings, the other performers emerge from the wings and accompanying Gregory.
The three musicians performing with the Sighchordions actually cycle thru nine different chord clusters that Gregory specifically created to complement the melody he plays on the Mojo. A Sighchordion is made with plumbing coupling joints and end caps plus accordion reed banks that have been carefully cut up and re-arranged so that the performer can get chords or single notes. The sounds of the Nail Violin contribute atmosphere to the composition.
Gregory’s Mojo is made from a collection of materials including a sailboard mast. The balloons serve as resonators.