Baraban is a large drum with a deep loud sound, with bilateral tension. Musical instrument from membranephones group. It consists of a cylindrical resonator body and one or two membranes. The sound of baraban is varied with a metallic plate, or a triangle. It is played with both hands and was one of instruments of folk band.


Very famous is the custom of Easter baraban sticking in Iłża. Ten men walk through the village with a big drum with a diameter of 1 m and 50 cm high, made of copper sheet and covered with foal or calf skin. The drum is worn since the midnight on Easter Saturday until 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, when the Resurrection starts.

Two men take the instrument, and the other eight men hit it with wooden sticks during a five-minute pause. The drumming announces the Resurrection of the Lord. This custom is practised in Iłża since ancient times and is not known anywhere else.
Baraban is stored in a local church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The instruments recorded in the project come from museum of sound with more than 80 thousand object collections from the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. Together with museum staff we have chosen 23 instruments guided by the following principles – they should be definitely folk, unusual, derived from the old times, Polish and coming from different cultural backgrounds, also exotic like e.g. Asian.

Recording a full range of tone of 23 instruments - tonal and sonic scale lasted several days. Thanks to the recordings - sound banks were created and have been used in the project in two ways. The first way was based on motion-sensitive controllers which created new practical instrumentarium for use during the workshops and animation activities. The second way was placing recorded sounds on the website for promotion of the idea of the project and gathering a great number of recipients.

All instruments were also photographed and described which enabled creating of publicly accessible compendium of information about them.