Daxophone and other WIIIIIIIILLLLLD sounds!
Samuel Burt has been driving the experimental music scene in Baltimore through the High Zero Foundation, producing the High Zero Festival, the Red Room series, and the Volunteers' Collective Workshop. He has been an active composer of chamber music for classically trained musicians. Occasionally, these activities overlap, and sometimes they lack the sense of newness you get when you first discover that you can listen intently to two people scraping pieces of metal together. Which is why he has taken up instrument construction. The daxophone, pictured, has unlimited potential for making new (grunting, hooting, singing) noises simply by cutting a new tongue out of a piece of thin wood and clamping it down.
The daxophone is a friction idiophone, meaning you bow it to make the entire wooden body vibrate. The sound comes from carefully chosen and shaped pieces of wood called tongues. Tongue making is both a sonic and visual art. Each is unique in wood grain, shape, and sound.
Burt has played daxophone regularly with avant-free music band Coy Fish led by Sarah Hughes. Amongst the many performances of 2018, Coy Fish opened for the Library of Congress's "Summer Movies on the Lawn" screening of the Wizard of Oz taking audiences somewhere over else over the rainbow.
Burt composed music for two daxophonists and percussion, performing it with Eric Franklin and Shelly Purdy at Artscape 2018. The work, entitled Renku No. 1, is built around a form of Japanese poetry where individuals add stanzas to a poem.
Samuel Burt and Maria Shesiuk are nearing completion of an album of daxophone and synthesizer music. They've been recording and editing monthly through 2018.
He's built 20 daxophones. Considering a daxophone for yourself? http://samuelburt.com/daxophones/