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How I found the OpenDidge

From the time that I started playing didgeridoo, quite some years ago now, I have been playing with modifications of the form and timbre of the instrument. In a parallel process I have spent many years learning and refining the playing techniques of the Yolngu people, an Australian Aboriginal population coming from the North-East of Arnhem Land. To learn more about the Yolngu and their art and the yidaki (didgeridoo) in their culture go to the Buku-Larrngay Mulka.

This study and pondering on form and structure has lead me to doodle
in a good many scattered notebooks.

A medusa doodle

A medusa doodle

The final result of this doodling is the concept of the opendidge and its many varied forms.
Looking back, the opendidge is the natural evolution of all of these years of messing around, but I certainly could never have imagined the strange twists that lead me to the final uncovering of this concept – as surprising as it is simple. There are some videos of the opendidge and electric medusa on my youtube channel – martindidge. Here is the one with the explanation of the basic principles of the opendidge.

Actually in its most essential form the opendidge is a tube that is open at both ends and with a mouthpiece in the side of the tube. The exact location of the mouthpiece determines the timbre and playable overtones but the fundamental note remains the same.

Categories: Opendidge
  1. Francesco
    October 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    If I’m not wrong I’m the first medusa owner (after Martin I mean)… After a few time experimenting the right shape to have comfortable fingerholes, I finally got it, and now I’m really having fun. I ordered a pickup but waiting for it I’m playing anyway. The volume itself is low, so I can play during night without upsetting the neighbours. 🙂

    A must have for every didje player…

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