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The didjeridu, also spelled didgeridoo, may be one of the most ancient musical instruments known to humans. It originated in Australia, and has been used there by the aboriginal people for thousands of years. Traditional didjeridus are made of a tree branch that has been hollowed by termites. Beeswax is placed on the end to make a mouthpiece. Designs with spiritual significance are sometimes painted on the outside of didjeridus to be used for ceremonial purposes. The didjeridu is seen as a phallic symbol and male instrument, with women in many areas traditionally prohibited from playing. Legend has it that if a woman plays the Didjeridu, she is likely to give birth to twins.
My didjeridus are made from ceramic stoneware, and are quite untraditional in shape and design. The mouthpieces have a smooth glaze finish to make them comfortable to play, although traditional beeswax can be added. They are decorated using clay slips, glazes and/or paints. The clay didjeridus pictured above are from 3 to 5 feet in length. Other instruments I make that are similar to the didjeridu include didjibodhrans and globular horns.
These instruments are created with the utmost respect for the aboriginal people of Australia and their culture and history.
Sound files (available in both au and wav formats):
Hear a clay didjeridu (216K)
Hear another clay didjeridu (112K)
Hear a clay didjeridu with overtones and effects (77K)
Watch a video of me playing a clay didjeridu
Click here for a RealPlayer video (171k)
See how I make clay didjeridus
Go to the article on making a ceramic didjeridu