Chapter 1. Sound

Tinkering with a Shrink-Wrapped Drum Set and a Torsion Drum

Your own percussion section
Figure 1-1. Your own percussion section

Sound is great to tinker with. It’s rare to find a kid who doesn’t enjoy making noise. Kids have at their disposal more noises than there are sections in an orchestra, but here we’ll delve primarily into the percussion section. To make drums is trivial: pots, pans, cans, bottles, boxes, buckets, jugs, shells, skulls, coconuts, gourds, oil drums, and lids of all shapes and sizes become drums the moment you hit them. Put many together and you can tinker with sounds for hours with your drum set. Do it at the wrong time of night and you’ll ...

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