Paper, Scissors ...Rock!

You close your eyes ....is it a saxophone, a clarinet, a flute, an oboe? .....you open them and “WHOA!” ...what you see are instruments made from paper, cellotape, a drinking straw, a rubber glove and some garden hose. Linsey makes music by live-looping self invented instruments such as a paper clarinet, a drinking straw oboe, a Cylisax, a rubber glove bagpipe and “Mr Curly” (a contra-bass clarinet made from hose sounding like a 70’s synth). Using these instruments he creates layers of music which will have audiences either spellbound or bopping in their seats. He demystifies the process of musical instrument design and music itself, but at the same time creates music that is (in the words of his YouTube viewers): “one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard”,” the coolest thing I've ever seen in my entire life!”, “the single most awesome instrument I've witnessed, and I have the internet at my disposal.”

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RECIPE: blend some vocal percussion with a bit of jawharp then add funky analog bass using ‘Mr Curly’. While that’s cooking make a clarinet from paper, play and Loop some horn lines, add it to the mix and turn up the heat.

and Linsey wants to let us into a secret. He says:

“Music actually can be pretty simple to create, and although there are beautifully complex systems of music that unravel and expand with years of study and training, the truth is that the simplest forms of musical expression can be just as beautiful, just as rewarding, just as inspiring ....and it is something that we can all do ....we are all musicians, but many of us have grown into the belief that we can’t play ....or we can’t sing ....we weren’t born with this belief, we were taught this belief .....but it is false ....we can all play music, .......we can all sing ......AND we can all make a musical instrument.”

Photo Credit: Leo Dale