Continued from here.


Steel Drums


Steel drums are constructed from discarded 55 gallon oil drums that are relatively thick (more an 1/4”) and heavy compared to the 1 gallon gasoline can that can used to form a violin.  Part of the construction process for the steel drum appears to be more akin to destruction in the beginning phases.


It’s interesting to note that what is now widely considered to be “the sound” of the Caribbean didn’t come into existence until the 1940’s.  Also, the steel drum, as a musical instrument is not actually considered a drum, but rather an idiophone: the family that includes cymbals, triangles, marimbas and xylophones, among others.


But certainly not every recycled instrument needs to be constructed on such a grand scale.



Originally posted 2013-05-01 19:30:20.