May 19, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Bass Drum Head (or my nephew gets the best birthday present ever)

created at: 05/19/2011

I have a three year old nephew, and I think he's totally awesome. Not in the "all little kids are adorable way," but in the "this kid has got crazy personality way. He knows that he's funny, and is very smart about using his presence, face, and words to be entertaining and smart.

So, I wanted to get him something special that he could continue to use once all the dumptrucks and Buzz Lightyear Jr. action figures wore out. His favorite thing to do when he comes over is to play around with all my musical instruments and noisemakers. So, I headed to the toy store, and saw this mini-drum set on clearance, I knew I had to get it.

Of course, I couldn't just wrap up the box and hand it to him - my brother-in-law would never have been able to put it together and tune it. (He's lovingly known for his lack of rhythm. He's talented in lots of other ways.)

So, I put in together in my living room, tuned it up, and then the wheels started turning. (Okay, and let's be honest. I also couldn't stop playing it for a couple of days). He loves the Beatles, and his geek dad has got him watching Star Wars, and I certainly can't ever leave stuff alone. So, I knew I has to customize the kit just for him.

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Sep 16, 2010

ManMaker: Helmut Smits' Drum Kit from Recycled Cans


Boy are we glad someone thought of this...   

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May 12, 2010

Rain Drum: An Umbrella that Creates Instant Drum Beats in Use

Ladies and gentlemen - presenting the only umbrella you'll ever want to use again.


"Rain Drum" by South Korean designer Dong Min Park, is a personal rain cover that contains five waxed surfaced, each of which are tuned to the frequency of a piece of a trap drumkit - kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and crash. And since Mother Nature is always random, you'll be treated to a fresh beat each time you keep yourself dry.

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