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Recordings with a Didgeridoo?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by mz91, Jul 17, 2003.


  1. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    Does anyone know of anys ongs recorded with a Didgeridoo? I wanted to see if it would have any practical use in a band situation before i buy one. Hopefully the songs are readily available on the internet cause i dont have that many record stores in the area. thanks. Michael
     
  2. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Jamiroquai. Their first three albums (Emergency On Planet Earth, Return Of The Space Cowboy, Travelling Without Moving) all use the ol' didge.
     
  3. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    really? hmmmmmm? never really noticed the didg in any of his albums...funny you mention him though...i am going to the concert tommorro :D .
     
  4. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Which albums do you have?
     
  5. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    im sure that i have travelling withought moving on my computer...but i am not sure about the other ones...i have about 3 albums at home although i am not sure if they are the ones you mentioned?:meh: Michael
     
  6. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    They've done five albums, in this order:

    Emergency On Planet Earth
    Return Of The Space Cowboy
    Travelling Without Moving
    Synkronized
    A Funk Odyssey

    If you've got Travelling Without Moving, check out "Didjerama" and "Digjital Vibrations".
     
  7. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    hey moley,
    i got the last three on your list...
    thanks for the recommendations i will be sure to check them out! :D
    hopefully he brings a didg player to the concert tommorro..
    Michael
     
  8. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    It's possible... I don't know whether he's got a didge player on the current tour. I know Wallace, who used to play the didge with Jamiroquai isn't in the band anymore, but who knows...
     
  9. scottlee

    scottlee

    Feb 17, 2003
    From memory its either Didjerama or Digjital Vibrations that has a great instrumental with predominately didg and bass with a heavy groove
    :cool:

    A lot of Australian bands have used the didg in rock/pop over the years. Probably one of the most 'upfront' didj sounds is in the song Treaty by Yothu Yindi.
     
  10. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Theres a guy in boston whos plays one he's great and the band rocks check them out!

    http://www.drdidg.com/




    AJ
     
  11. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    That's Digjital Vibrations.
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Going by Jamiroquai - they don't have any practical applications in a band situation!! ;)

    To me - it adds nothing whatsoever! Those tracks are just about the grooves and anything could be sitting over the top - plus they could easily be samples - 99.9% of people wouldn't know the difference !
     
  13. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    ...and 99% of people wouldn't know a synth bass from a real bass, so clearly 'real' bass is of no use in a band either???

    Most musicians could tell the difference, and most bassist of some years could tell which camp the bass falls into - J/P/MM/active whatever. in some situations you can even hear which pickup the player is using. Why? because we've spent years and years listening intently to bass.

    I know a few didj players, including one full time pro didj player/teacher. They could tell you the specifics of a particular didj sound - the style (western or traditional) the specific names for the toot-notes being used, and loads of other minute details that you'd write off as 'sounding like a sample'...

    It's all about your knowledge base - yours doesn't include didj, so you really don't know. For those that do, it's worth a lot more than that... I've been exposed to a lot of didj playing over the last few years, and can certainly hear a heck of a lot more in it than I could three years ago.

    Go on, Bruce, now it's time to dismiss Indian classsical music as 'one chord hippie jams with instruments that won't stay in tune'... :D

    Steve
    www.stevelawson.net
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I'm not dimissing all Didgeridoo music - just saying that I have these albums and in this case what you focus on are the bass/drum grooves and the didgeridoo seem to add very little - it is incidental and could be anything.

    These tracks in context, seem to be little more than fillers on the albums amongst songs - I was just saying that surely you could find better examples - where digeridoo is more up front and integral to the performance?
     
  15. mz91

    mz91

    Apr 19, 2002
    Zug, Switzerland
    well yeah, its all relative i guess...you are entitled to your opinion...on didgital vibrations i think the didg adds something very nice to the song...almost a meditative vibe :D . is there any other famous bands that have used it? i really like the sound of the bass accampanied by the didg for some reason...they just seem to create this....this....:confused: you know what i mean :) .
    Michael
     
  16. A pal of mine at work is quite into the world type sounds and his suggestions are:
    Yothu Yindi
    Warumpi
    David Hudson
    Adam Plaake
    Charlie Hudson/Gondwana-Theres apparently a Jamaican group with this same name but that's not the one w/ didg.
    There's also a group called Brother w/ didg and bagpipes but apparently not widely distributed. Worth a search on the 'net though. The brazilian instrument berimbau is another cool rhythmic drone sound- Check out Airto and the like. Hope this helps.
     
  17. scottlee

    scottlee

    Feb 17, 2003
    I can see what you are saying - i don't think anyone is saying that the didj is going to lay down a groove or play a lead upfront role in the traditional sense of the word. I listened back to those 2 Jamiroquai tracks and I totally disagree that it 'adds nothing whatsoever'. For me quite the opposite. I think the track Didjerama IS all about the didgeridoo. The didg is far more about playing notes, its about communicating nature, animals and thousands of years of Australian aboriginal culture. If you don't think that the digeridoo is not giving that feeling and emotion in Dijerama then nothing I can say is going to change that :)

    It is very rare for bands to have a 'fulltime' didg player (even in Australia) but when they want to add that certain emotion it can be very effective in a band situation. And music is emotion, not just groove and technique.

    When 'Live' came to Australia to play last year (I'm not a big fan by the way), they opened their first song with the sound of the drone of a local didgeredoo player - I can tell you that the hairs on the back of 30,000 peoples necks where standing on end from that intro!! Most of them wouldn't know a didgeridoo from a PVC waste water pipe but the electricity that filled that venue was amazing. Man if I could do that with my bass - I'd die a happy man
    :p
     
  18. i second the dr. didg post. live, he adds loops one by one and actualy get some melodys :)eek: ) out the good ol' didg. he actually used to be in australian band called Outback if anyone heard of them
     
  19. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I had a friend who was a pretty good Didge player, He could circular breath and do all these tonal tricks, but still, I couldn't really use it for anything :p

    However, a chorus of didges can be an interesting atmospheric effect in bands, particularly jam bands :p

    Aphex Twin has a song called "didgeridoo" I don't know much about it, but it sounds like it's all synth didges(or sampled) with drums and lots of effects. I like it.
     
  20. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001