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Uilleann and Northumbrian pipes, Hurdy Gurdy, Lira Organizzata, Eclectic Instruments

Drone Machine

Drone Machine, Phase Five

as seen in it’s present state of development.

Alphorn and train have been added along with it’s Festival name, ” The Mummers of Dissension Neo-Celtic Story Telling & Music Training Machine”

Gareth Hurwood rehearsing before his triumphant performance at the Hornby Island Celtic Festival 2008

Gareth Hurwood rehearsing before his triumphant performance at the Hornby Island Celtic Festival 2008

Drone Machine, Phase One

In the beginning.

 

Cynara's son Blake out for a ride on the stationary Drone Machine

Cynara’s son Blake out for a ride on the stationary Drone Machine

 

Drone Machine, Phase two

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Drone machine in phase two mode, or political mode, note back peddling is now required to make it work

Besides the original poppy top Scottish drones, I added uilleann drones in brass tubing with poppy tops, a key board ( Suzuki Melodion), an Oriental mouth organ (Sheng), a Chinese drum – a type used by street peddlers, it is played by spinning the handle which makes the wooden beads that are attached by strings strike the drum making a rapid series of firecracker-like sounds. The Sheng has been rigged to play all five of its notes simultaneously, sounding very train-like.

 

Drone Machine – Phase 3

Here, the rhythm section is represented by the coconut footed wooden donkey with a tin head driven through a chain powered by the bike.

Donkey

Donkey


Phase 4 Drone Machine

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Grandson Delphin riding the drone machine.

Squawking gull is the new addition after the clomping donkey.


Gull detail

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Closeup of the flight and squawk mechanism