Vargan, Khomus, And Kubyz The Russian Jaw Harp Landscape Is In Motion

The Jaw Harp is a small traditional rhythmic instrument. It is necessary to increase the mouth cavity volume to the maximum to obtain a lower sound. It can be done if to aim the organs of speech and vocal bands to pronouncing the sound "О". To have this sound much lower you need to increase the area for pronouncing a sound more, involved larynx and chest cavity. It is difficult to explain. It can be obtained by training for a long time.
Part musician and part engineer, Aphex was confident enough to dismantle and deconstruct the instruments available to him and then reconstruct them into strange new sound-carriers. Utilising a heady combination of boxfresh ZX Spectrum and pure brainpower, he worked out a way to record the static from a de-tuned TV and turn it into exotic soundscapes. With ease, he went from bedroom prospector to the goldmine of techno, DJing at underground events around the south of England during its heyday before eventually making his own music that he'd segue into his playlists.
Fig. 8: Wrong way of jews harp holding - the fingers not only squeeze the frame from the top and bottom, but also do not fix the instrument within the frame plane - the jews harp may rotate around the vertical axis, and cannot be pressed well against the teeth.
Catagorized as a lamellophone instrument shaped like a lyre, it consists of a small frame with a reed or tongue attached to it. The reed is placed in the player's mouth and plucked with one finger to produce notes. Different sounds are produced by changing the shape of the mouth while twanging the wire tongue. Most are made from metal such as stainless steel, wrought iron, brass, or bronze. Some of these harps are available constructed from various types of wood, including bamboo. The steel and brass models are the most common.
In Metsatöll's concerts I have an usual SM57 an instrument microphone made by the Shure company for flutes, the rest is up to sound technician. There is one barrier to the acoustic instruments in our live-shows: this "guitars-bass-drums-and-all-the-heavy-metal-stuff". So, we take quite narrow sequence of acoustical sound and make it heard through shifting different sequences in our mixing-equipment. And never get an ideal sound.
For a long time I have regarded his TTTTTT (= tip to tail totally tuned & tempered) and the Brutus-type (see photo 1, nr 2) as jewels in Jew's harp-making. After several interruptions in his production, Kendall Rownd now is definitely no longer active in manufacturing Jew's harps. Kendall Rownd never has been a full-time producer of Jew's harps - I think he hates it. He is more an experimenter. So be wise and keep your Rownd-specimen as a precious gem.
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