The Septic Bank

The Septic Bank

Back in the 90’s, I bought some cheap pick-ups at Ted’s music in Baltimore, and I installed them in some galvanized buckets and trashcans. This became my electric drum set – the bucket drum set.

Bucket Drum set

I was very pleased with this approach.

I made a few recordings with these, and even played out with mh pal, Diana Froley, at the Theater Project, and a small club near the stadium. The name of the club eludes me as I type this.

I would mic them, and also run them through some guitar pedals into a mixer/PA.

I decided to release some of the tracks on Bandcamp.

http://jimdoran.bandcamp.com/album/the-septic-bank

Bucket Cello

Continuing from last year’s STEM project, Leezle and I used the remaining neck from the guitar roller coaster project to make a sound projecting instrument. The main requirement was we could only use stuff we already had on hand – nothing could be purchased.

Leezle is passionate about cello, and if I may say so, has become quite accomplished. She wanted to make something resembling a cello or bass.

playing

 

Alice the pitbull’s  favorite toys are buckets. Luckily, there are extra buckets on hand.

luss

Leezle made “F” holes, which ended up being “I” holes.

i-HOLE

We used two bolts to make the neck and bridge nuts.

brige-nut

neck-nut

It actually works – the next only has 3 tuning pegs, so it’s a 3 string instrument.

it-works