Didgeribone Mark III
Adrian Tjabarula Fabila is pleased to present the DidjeriboneTM invented by Charlie McMahon, who first put didjeridu in a contemporary music context with the GONDWANALAND band. From over 40 years as a didj player Charlie has been able to design the Didjeribone as a versatile and easy to play instrument. The Didjeribone is 100% made in Australia.
Charlie’s first Didjeribone made in 1981 came from his desire to expand the potential for didj in music. In traditional Aboriginal music didjeridus are not tuned precisely and mainly play a rhythmic drone to support a song. With Charlie’s band GONDWANA didj became the focus so more was demanded of it.
Different materials were tried. Metals were found to be unsuitable as they corrode from breath moisture and sound cold. Wood pipes tended to jam as wood absorbs moisture and the inner pipe expands more than the outer one. Plastics had none of these problems.
In 1995 Didjeribone was registered as a Trademark and the design process began to give the following qualities:
SMOOTH SLIDE ACTION
Custom made extrusion dies ensure a minimum clearance between the two pipes, so the Didjeribone slides effortlessly between the ten keys, but does not allow air to escape when fully extended.
PERMANENT & CLEAR KEY MARKS
The highest being G when closed, then there are seven keys etched into the yellow inner pipe. Running from F# down to C and extending further you can reach B and Bb.
RUBBER MOUTH PIECE
Makes for easy contact with the lips and as the circumference is the optimum size it is easy to play, and does not require the wax often used to made wood didjeridus playable.
FLARED SOUND END
Give the Didjeribone a brighter and louder sound than linear shaped didjeridus.
LIGHT WEIGHT & DURABLE
Weighing less than 0.5kilograms the Didjeribone uses a minimum of materials so it can be played in a variety of positions, and is unlikely to break or cause damage if it is dropped.
The Didjeribone’s red, yellow and black earth colours are (along with white) the earth colours of Australia and traditional Aborigine’s art. The Didjeribone recognizes the indigenous roots of the didj. Paddy Fordam was paid for the right to reproduce his 'mimi spirit' figure on the didjeribone and site. Many artists who have contributed to the recordings shown on the booklet have copyright for the songs they have co-written with Charlie.
For more information visit www.didjeribone.net