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Sound Animals

The idea of the sounding animals is as simple as congenial: Take a piece of wood (in this case the wonderful yellowish jackfruit wood), hollow it out and give the whole thing the shape of an animal. Fish, bird, dolphin, frog, and cricket are played by using a wooden stick. The dolphins also produce a sound when played as wind instruments. The sound of these tonewoods is amazingly similar to the sound of real animals. Our sounding animals are a combination of toy and musical instrument. Therefore they are very popular among young and old. The wood of these instruments was gently treated with vegetable oil and apart from that was left in its natural state. By the way, it has been taken from orchards and not from the rain forest.

The sounding animals, these handy sound transmitters, are the little siblings of the big slit drums as known in Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Latin America. There tree logs or bamboo canes are hollowed out through one long or two shorter slits. A sound is produced by striking the hollow logs with a hard stick or mallet. Some slit drums are so big and sonorous that they can be heard for long distances. The drums are situated in a horizontal position or hung up vertically. These instruments were (and surely in some places still are) used for acoustic transmission and communication, for example signalizing when there is danger or to announce the beginning of a meeting. They also beat the rhythm for dancing.

Small versions of these mighty instruments are for example our wooden fish. And even for the fish trident wooden pieces were hollowed out through slits. Due to the jackfruit wood and its density and structure, the sounding animals produce a high, clear sound.

Listening to the sounding animals one will be reminded of the sound of tonewoods. But the difference is that one will not have motoric difficulties to find the tone when playing the sounding animals. It is not necessary to balance them in the hand to make them sound as one needs to do with the tonewoods. Our wooden birds, which are attached to a handle, are even easier to play: the corpus of the wooden figure strikes a wooden bowl and sounds just by a slight movement of the arm or wrist.

The sounding animals have a second acoustic property: Most of them have a wooden part which is corrugated. When rubbing a stick or mallet along the notches a sound is produced similar to a guiro, a ratchet, or a scraper. The sound of these instruments is probably most known through Latin American music. A bigger version of scraped idiophones is used in Samba or Cuban music.

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  • Vogel auf Kugel - Natur

    Bird Clapper

    One-hand percussion, natural or brown ...

    starting at 13.90 € ¹

    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Vogel auf Doppelkugel

    Bird on Double Blocks

    Wonderful one-hand percussion

    19.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Bird Trident - Brown Varnished

    Bird Trident - Brown Varnished

    with mallet

    19.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Bird Trident - Natural

    Bird Trident - Natural

    with mallet

    21.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Klang-Frosch-Familie - naturbelassen, inkl. Schleg

    The Sound Frog Family

    natural, with mallet

    starting at 6.50 € ¹

    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Wooden Bird Blocks/Rasps

    Wooden Bird Blocks/Rasps

    on stand, with mallet

    19.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Holzdelfin

    Wooden Dolphin

    with built-in whistle and mallet for striking

    starting at 13.90 € ¹

    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Holzfisch

    Wooden Fish Block/Rasp

    with mallet

    13.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Fische auf Ständer

    Wooden Fish on Stand

    natural, with mallet

    19.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Wooden Fish Trident

    Wooden Fish Trident

    Multi-tone Percussive

    21.90 € ¹
    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Holzeule

    Wooden Owl Whistle

    with built-in whistle

    starting at 9.90 € ¹

    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping
  • Holzvögel

    Wooden Bird Clapper/Rasp

    with mallet

    starting at 11.90 € ¹

    Incl. 19% VAT, Excl. shipping

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