If the warm weather has you itching to open the garage door and get tinkering, this PVC didgeridoo–a 1,500 year old aboriginal instrument–is a fun (and noisy) way to kick off a summer of tinkering.
Didgeridoo’s are an ancient instrument that is at minimum 1,500 years old–probably much older but the first rock art depicting the use of one appears around 500 AD. The instrument is essentially just a resonance tube the player uses to generate music that sounds like a deep and rhythmic humming. You can hear a traditional aboriginal Didgeridoo player here. If think you’ve never heard it before you’ll likely be surprised to see that it’s a familiar sound.
Members of the band SubAtomicGlue wanted to mess around with Didgeridoo music and to to so inexpensively and in a customizable way. The settled on PVC as a cheap and easy to work with material. Since the note of the Didgeridoo is determined by the length of the pipe, PVC was ideal. They used simple plumbing fittings to build a mouthpiece which can be removed and attached to any other length pipe.
Hit up the link below to check out their build log–it covers basic construction to painting and finishing touches.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 04/15/11