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Cement Mixer Truck Pan Drum

large scale motorised metal pan drum
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Precussion is everything.
If you can hit it, it can make a sound.

Pan drums are domed metal precussion instruments, where areas of the curved surface are distinctively marked out, enabling them to have the ability to deliver a range of sounds when struck with the hand or a soft hammer.

Cement Mixer Truck Pan Drum takes this principle and scales it up massively in size. In this case the truck's cement drum has been modified so that it now has a large number of the note defining shaped areas running around the surface of its exterior curvature.

As it contains no cement, only a fraction of the usual power is required, so a small silent motor can turn it without any difficulty.

Two platforms are provided on each side of the drum to facilitate the musicians who stand facing inwards and pound on the drum as it rotates, with either their hands or using padded mallets. Their co-ordinated beats and notes generate a variety of harmonious or chaotic outcomes. The resulting sounds are naturally enhanced and amplified by the drum's convex interior, although for even greater volumes, pic-up mikes linked to an amplifier and speakers can be activated.

Several instruments can be parked together to form an orchestra.

Backyard version takes the form of a small builder's cement mixer.

xenzag, Nov 19 2020

dedicated to the wonderful people of Baro https://www.youtube...watch?v=lVPLIuBy9CY
listen and enjoy - precussion is everything - ignore the shite ads at the start [xenzag, Nov 19 2020]

Pan Drum solo playing https://www.youtube...watch?v=747hJQNJpeg
[xenzag, Nov 19 2020]

Ah, the relaxing Caribbean sounds of... Michigan? https://www.petoske...ds.org/steel-drums/
One of the best high school steel drum bands in the US is here, oddly. [RayfordSteele, Nov 19 2020]

Lambegs in action https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E6fPvBKCe0I
totally unique to Northern Ireland because everyone is bonkers here [xenzag, Nov 24 2020]

Another drumming maestro in action https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WOoxTcIfSSk
and with wonderful bagpipe accompaniment - total joy [xenzag, Nov 24 2020]


       Mallet attached to bucket mount of mechanical digger
pocmloc, Nov 19 2020

       Nice. I wonder how thick the metal would need to be to get the right frequencies.
RayfordSteele, Nov 19 2020

       You could make some hard rock with this.
AusCan531, Nov 20 2020

       That's the "auto" version where the drum is filled with padded rocks that tumble around in response to the rotation, randomly banging on the different sound zones.
xenzag, Nov 20 2020

       // I wonder how thick the metal would need to be //   

       Quite thick, if you wanted to play Heavy Metal ...
8th of 7, Nov 20 2020

       I play the steering wheel drum on the way to work and my Jambe when I get home sometimes. The first thing I hear when I listen to a tune is the drums. Then the rest comes into play. Must have been a drummer in another lifetime. Me thinks.   

       A big fat steel drum shaped bun for you.
blissmiss, Nov 24 2020

       Drumming is fundamental. Ginger Baker remains a genius figure for me, as does John Bonham. If you love drums, look up "Lambeg drumming contests" on YouTube. [links]
xenzag, Nov 24 2020

       I heard the song The Spy, by The Doors on the way to work today. We are lucky to still have a steering wheel. Wow. I don't think I had ever heard it before.
blissmiss, Nov 26 2020


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