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Build a PVC Didgeridoo to Jam Out like an Aborigine [Weekend Project]

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.

PVC Didgeridoo [SubAtomicGlue via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/15/11

Comments (2)

  1. Ano

    Quick note that we prefer to be referred to as Aboriginals rather than Aborigines.

    Though neither term attributes much of an identity, it is accepted as it is more practical than referring to Kooris, Nungas, Murrays, Nyoongars, etc or more specifically Kaurna, Tankanagald, etc.

  2. Hamburger

    Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon has a pretty cool track on his album “The Search” which utilizes a didgeridoo for the first half of it. Ought to check it out.

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