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.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQu5Unc_TNY

 

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.

 

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