What is name of acoustic instrument I'm hearing?

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Hello -

I cannot identify an instrument I am hearing in some Brazilian music, can anyone tell me what it is? It is some kind of flute or horn and it is played pretty rapidly at times in alternating notes, almost sounds like Mario running in the video game Donkey Kong.
THANKS!

Examples - Jorge Benjor’s “Taj Mahal” and "Xica Da Silva"

Taj Mahal - played behind guitar starting @ 0:06
Xica Da Silva - played behind guitar starting @ 0:06 of track

Any chance of a sound-byte?

http://www.last.fm/music/Jorge+Ben

I don’t know the name any more than “Talking Drum” but could be what you are hearing. BUT, I have my doubts my.

There is another kind of drum that has a string or chord running through the center of the drumhead. It’s played by sliding the string so it causes the head to vibrate. That’s what I was looking for when thinking talking drum. Since I can’t remember what THAT’S called I’ve struck out finding an example.

I think that is called a taiko drum; some have springs attached to the underside of the drum head, and work by shaking - makes a cool sound! We used to sell a lot of them to south Florida when I worked at the music wholesale company in the late '80s.

But don’t quote me on that, okay? :p

'til next time;
Tony W

http://www.larkinthemorning.com sells spring drums at various prices, and I’ve always been curious, but I would be it’s not one of those. Dunno, really, but is that what they sound like? Doesn’t fit the description…

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I think that is called a taiko drum; some have springs attached to the underside of the drum head, and work by shaking - makes a cool sound! We used to sell a lot of them to south Florida when I worked at the music wholesale company in the late '80s.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Giant_Taiko_Drum_Nagoya.jpg

Shake this one Tony. :D

I’ve had the pleasure of watching, and listening to, a taiko ensemble several times, (the last time was indoors, and that was an unbelievable experience! :cool: ).

So what I’m saying is, I can’t answer the “guess the instrument” question, but, if you’ve heard one of those 10 foot babes being hammered by a frustrated samurai, you don’t mistake it for nothing else! :D

That tree lived 1200 years before some ahole turned it into a drum?

Seems sinful somehow. That tree was almost ready to become a guitar.

I guess it’s lucky plastic came along or it might have ended up part of some keyboard cabinet…!

Capt. Enviro

That’s a big one, alright!

Okay, not a taiko drum. But I think phoo has this one; that is definitely a sound produced by pulling a string through the drum head. I know I have heard that sound before, even if I don’t remember what it is called! ???

'til later;
Tony W

I think it’s more that the string is pulled on by hand, and that there is a cloth of some kind (leather?) in one hand that acts just as a bow does on violin strings. Instead of the sring pulling through the head like I first said, the head is the resonator.

I’vecome up totally blank in my searches, but I can see the thing in my head.

I looked through every odd drum at Lark in the Morning, which I was sure had the kind you are thinking of, phoo, but couldn’t find it.

WOOHOO!!! Found it!!!

http://www.engineering.usu.edu/ece/faculty/wheeler/NIU/Alpha.htm

Cuica - Brazilian friction drum

There’s a picture and a sound sample.

Well…the link DID work…I assume it will be back up later.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuica

Wow everyone, thanks for getting all the info!!!
Really great! I didn’t consider it was a drum!

I already started looking for some wav samples of “cuica” to use , they are out there!