Today the joined timber blank was cut into two giant bridges. They now need to be shaped, sanded and fitted. Ian Cassidy ("Hoppy") is waiting patiently in the wings with the marine varnish. Will be ready for the concert on Wednesday!
Sound Fence Update and some pages from the May Girgarre Gazette (below) with details of the concert on 17 May at 6pm.
It's been an action packed couple of weeks. I've not updated because I'm too busy keeping up with the Dickmans! On 19 April I showed the designs and a model of the Girgarre Sound Fence to a group of townsfolk, and the Dickmans (Rod, Peter, Andrew and James) offered to do the main post-and-wires-and-paths work. 'When do you think we can do it?' I asked. Pause. 'Next Wednesday?' said Rod. And so it was that on Wednesday 26 April some old posts were removed, the old fence tied off, new posts were put in place and the special tuning system was wired up with 8 turnbuckles. More work has happened since, to be detailed in the next posts.
2. Junk Drum Kit is well on the way
We used bits from the found Yamaha kit to make a Junk Drum Kit. Kirwan was there with her grandmother Gillian, who took a lot of the photos above. A few days later they visited again with Kirwan's mum Carmen, a wonderful drummer and percussionist. Together they improvised this piece which also served to initiate the almost-complete junk drum kit (with apologies to David Murphy).
Kids ruled at the Music Supermarket today as the first of two days of School Holiday sessions took place. We hosted little kids in the morning and bigger kids in the afternoon - they were all very interested in the contents of the shelves. Wallace Labbett's sheet metal violin proved a big hit, as did the other Jigarre Junkstrements kindly on loan. The sessions run again next Wednesday 12 April and are open to ANY AND ALL children - all details at here
On their last day before the holidays the Girgarre Primary School kids visited the Music Supermarket - in their pyjamas..! It was fantastic to see how interested they were in the collection and I was able to bring them up to speed on progress with the design of their playground installation. Before they came through the door I asked them 'whose place is this?' and they said 'your place' and I said 'no..' and they thought about it and someone said 'it's ours!'. Correct answer! The Music Supermarket is a community space, available to all residents of Girgarre and neighbouring towns.
It was hard rubbish night in Wagstaffe, the night I was leaving to return to Girgarre after my brother's funeral last week, so this old Pearl kit is now in the Music Supermarket. It's not clear yet how all the stuff donated and collected so far will fit into the jigsaw but there is a good supply on the shelves to get started.
We now have about nine blue cattle-wash drums cleaned and ready to become part of the school playground installation. These two prototypes and the mallets are the first things made in the Girgarre Music Supermarket. My thanks to John and Lorraine Warde for their fantastic help on this part of the project.
First Draft Design Ideas from the Girgarre Primary School children, 03 March 2017, for a musical fence/instrument/installation in their playground
The work at the school is in two parts - making and playing. The kids have put forward a range of suggestions for a ‘musical fence’ between the school and the rec reserve. We are using the art room as our design and experimentation centre every lunch-time. We plan to strip a piano and use it as a resonator for fence wires... so stay tuned. On Fridays I get to see the whole school and we are learning new skills in group music making. Our new instruments and skills will be on show in a public concert so save the date - Thursday May 11.
The Music Supermarket in Girgarre is now well stocked with tools and materials and ready for the first wave of making. The townsfolk are incredibly supportive. They have donated generously and are enthusiastic about the possibilities of this project. It is such a pleasure to be with this community and I look forward to getting started on the next phase .