- Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:01 pm
Re the Elk skin Dr Tom:
It sounds like it might be a discovery, although I don't know how numerous Elk are, or how available the skin is. Thanks for asking the owner for a recording, hopefully they're flattered, and it helps them appreciate how awesome it sounds. I'd be interested whenever.
Re sounds being hard to describe: So true, and adding to that is the large number of variables in a given sound, especially Djembe sounds, so it's hard to accurately summarize. Wish there was more vocabulary for it.
Re the sound clip The Kid:
I would describe the sounds in that clip as somewhat typical of calf.
So it's got warm punchiness to the tones.
But there's a quality to calf/cow which sort of reduces the higher overtones to a uniform hard sharp sound. This sound decays faster than the overtones of goat, but it has less variability than goat, and can actually make cow sound "hard" in one sense, even though the core tones are "softer".
If I were to use calf/cow, I'd either put it on a wide djembe (13.75" and over) or tune it lower than goat, so it's got enough flex to get rid of that hard "ring". (I don't know what else to call the sound)
(Yes I'm aware it's a Khadi drum, so it has more high "ring", I'm factoring for that, it's always true of calf/cow, regardless of the wood, when tuned up, but less pronounced on diameters over 13.5")
Muddy to me means "not clear". Sometimes loss of clarity can be good, as in "warm", "earthy", "nutty", "chewy". But it can also be bad, as in "flat", "bland", "mushy", depending on the overall result/effect/goal.
I'm referring to how the overtones are blurred together, rather than standing apart.
The result is calf/cow has more body to the tone, but less distinction between the overtones that exist within the tone. The overtones are dampened, and in order to come through, they're selected for being harmonic with each other, to create enough power to be heard. So the fundamental tone (or tonal group let's say) is enhanced, but at a cost to clarity and precision.