Playing the Creased Bands

Flat bands made of spring tempered steel, especially those that are thin enough that they can flop around a bit, produce a lot of very interesting sounds. In this instrument, some very thin steel bands have been given a slight crease along their length, giving them just enough rigidity to stand upright while still retaining some of the peculiar acoustic character of very thin bands. A couple more bands on the instrument are left uncreased and flopped over. They’re played by plucking near the base with a fingernail for a sort of pitched sizzle.

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