One membrane drum

One membrane drum is a percussion instrument with metal sequins, made of a single piece of dark, heavy wood. The drum belongs to the instruments called membranophones. It consists of a body and one or two membranes. The membrane is made of hard leather, cattle, attached to the body by various length of the pins stuck in a close proximity of each other.

One membrane drum

The drum appeared in Europe in the early Middle Ages. Most often it was and still is used in military orchestras, symphony orchestra and folk instrumentarium. Because of the way of playing we can distinguish struck drums – by chopsticks, brushes, hand, fingers and rubbed – with fingers or by passing bundle of horsehair through a hole in membrane, chain, rod or rope rubbed by hand.

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projekt - warsztaty


Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free.