A long time ago I made this drawing for Marc Weidenbaum’s excellend blog disquiet.com. It was for a series he was doing called “Sketches of Sound” (hence the title of this post), where he was inviting illustrators to sketch something sound-related.
Every year I try to do something called “inktober”. The idea is to make one drawing each day, throughout October, and post it somewhere. October is always a very busy month for us, so this endeavour usually fails.
For this year’s inktober I wanted to draw objects that I have used to make music. They could be anything: random objects I picked up from the trash, modified contraptions, but also things most people would identify as a musical instrument.
Here’s some of the sketches I was able to complete. I might make more in the future.
An old, discarded CPU fan heatsink. I’ve used this one numerous times during life performances with kvsu. I’ve attached a piezo contact mic on the bottom to be able to capture its sound. It’s best when played pecussively with a metal object, but it can also make some nasty sounds when played with a bow
A DIY electric Kazoo. Unfortunately the mic muffles the sound a bit, but it’s still fun when played through a bunch of effects.
An old olive oil can. I’ve used this as a sort of reverb (the Organic Olive Oil Can Reverb!), but also as a percussive instrument.
The wonderful Microphonic Soundbox by Leaf Audio.
An old, rusty water tank, which I’ve sampled extensively for the track “Tank” on Intimate Spaces