Working @Sura Medura !
Coming to such a different and diverse country as Sri Lanka, I decided to do some research on religions, as this is the meetingpoint for arts, philosophy architecture and culture in broader sense, built on traditional roots.
That explains my previous contributions, with very descriptive attitude.
This part is focused to workprocess.
During my first days I focused on maerial- search and resaerch, which could be used to make some new instruments.
Luckily enough, I found several interesting- inspiring elements, so I could start to develop ideas around the possible solutions for the particular instruments and think about solutions of some unclear details.
Metal grill found in a storage of the place.
This luckily enabeled me to start quickly with a metal based body for kind of dulcimer- santoor derivation. I only needed to find proper pieces of wood and I assembled the instrument together. The only slowing down element being the necessity to borrow a drill machine, which belongs to carpenter, working in our place.
Palm leave instrument- as most of us got inspired by coconut palm leaves, I realised: it would be quite a challenge to try to turn it into a music instrument.
Unfortunatly I took one from beach, which meant, it was pretty soaked through with salty water. After drying- some weeks sound is improoving! , but the matrial is not really strong enough to house the tuning pecks..so additional piece of wood had to be attached.
The biggest challenge is going to be the boat, turned into a music instrument.
It is a collaborative piece with Juri Cainero, swiss artist, based in Marseille.
There are several elements this work is going to deal with, and actually it already is exciting just to develop this project.
One of the points is : the boat on land, it belongs to the fishermen and we will use it, change, or enrich the original meaning, and we will leave it for them and their kids, to play.......in the same time it is a it could be also transformed into an object with some further meanings, helping to overcome the tragedy.
It is also fitting into our common goal to take, or borrow something from the fishermen community and give something back to them as a form of communication and exchange.
Preparation for the music instruments, attached to the boat:
|metalophone- fan "winfgs"|
|slit bamboo- different sizes|
|this instrument could be also attached to the boat...|
other instruments should include stretched long piano strings, friction drum, drum set from plastic gallons. etc.