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20190127_144731 Playing the bottle-and-membrane instrument
With the help of a volunteer, R plays the newly-made "instrument" by blowing air through the straw in to the bottle.
Steps 1-7 of building your own instrument required you to stretch a nitrile glove with fingers cut off over the wide end of a plastic bottle (with its bottom cut off), fasten it with a rubber band, roll up a paper tube, and insert it through the bottle's neck all the way until it touches the membrane; then insert a straw through a previously cut-out hole.
Children's build-your-own-instrument workshop was part of KMFA (local classical music station) birthday party. The party took place at the Springdale Station, which is an event venue in East Austin. There were free cupcakes, beer, and, of course, classical music performances.
Springdale Station has two breweries right nearby with nice patios and food trucks on the premises, so even after the party was over, one could hang around in the area and taste locally brewed beer and cider.
The instrument workshop taught children how to build an "instrument" out of a plastic bottle, nitrile glove, straws, rubberbands, and paper. When you blow into it through a straw, the resulting instrument makes a sound that I would politely compare to that of a kazoo, but it really could be more accurately described as a sound you shouldn't make in a nice company. And if you cut several holes in the paper tube, you can, by selectively covering them with your fingers, produce sounds of different pitch. So you could even play a little tune entirely out of sounds unacceptable in a polite company.