DIY Instruments Inspired by Superorganism!
Play with Sound and Have a Super Fun Time with Superorganism!
-Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert-
My household has a new obsession! We love clever, trippy, brave, delicious, weird music. Weird is a good word in our family! (Think Flaming Lips, B52’s, etc.) So when we first heard Superorganism on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, we soaked in the glory. This is definitely a “sit and watch it” experience. The instruments are non-traditional and sure to surprise the little ones. After watching the NPR video, we were inspired to think out-of-the-box about sound.
Watch Superorganism and create your own instruments! Visit our “Make Noise” board on Pinterest for inspiration.
I went from really loving the music of Superorganism to being a transformed super-fan the moment they sent me an email ahead of their Tiny Desk performance asking, “is it okay if we [bring] inflatable whales when we play?” Now I feel like the kind of fan I was when I wore a yellow radiation suit to a Devo concert in 1978.
The multinational band of theatrically fun and talented musicians in Superorganism mix melody and mischievous with almost Seussian folly. In addition to the 20-plus inflatable whales they provided, the band requested via email that we provide “7 x Crunchy apples, 7 x cans of Coca Cola (or similar, as long as they are 330mls/12oz cans it doesn’t matter).” They added, “PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A RIDER BUT PART OF THE PERFORMANCE.”
When the seven members of the band arrived and huddled behind my desk, they blew into straws, making percussive noises, used toy cars and radios for sound effects and added lots of handclaps. And in the midst of it all was Orono Noguchi, a small-framed, self-described “average 17-year old Japanese girl living in Maine.” (That’s from an email she wrote me last year). The band set up a couple of belt pack guitar amps for their Moog and electric guitar, along with a big Anvil road case to beat on for percussion – and then they sang about prawns.
If all this hasn’t made you curious enough to watch this Tiny Desk, we’ll never be friends and it’s probably best if you skip this. But I’m going hit the play button again and, after that, listen again to their debut, self-titled album!
1. The Prawn Song
2. Night Time
3. Something for Your M.I.N.D.
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