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Ingar Zach: The vibrating drum, developing a musical practice for the modern percussionist

The urge of exploring new ways of approaching the instrument is the major driving force for an improvising musician. In percussionist Ingar Zach's case it is a natural need and a responsibility to search for alternative techniques and possibilities of sound on his instrument.

Field of study: Improvisation/percussion (Artistic Research)

New ways of approaching the instrument

During Zach's career he has been searching for techniques that could make the drumskin vibrate by itself, leaving his hands free to manipulate it. He has incorporated in his setup small vibrating speakers on drumheads, becoming familiar with the sounding results of this practice.

Research on vibrating material and surfaces has been done by the Italian composer Michelangelo Lupone and also by the Australian percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott. They have been following a very scientific and technological approach to the phenomena of vibrating surfaces whereas Zach's interest goes more towards performing practices and musical creation using vibrating speakers.

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Published: Nov 16, 2020 — Last updated: Sep 21, 2022