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BlueBamboo

The Blue Bamboo is an old 1950s didgeridoo made from bamboo, plainly decorated with a coat of red ochre, and then over-painted with either blue house paint or Ricketts Blue. The inside of the instrument is similarly painted. It originates from the north-west portion of the Northern Territory, Australia, where Bambusa arnhemica is endemic and where didgeridoos were traditionally made from this species. There is old hardened sugarbag beeswax on the mouthpiece with more recent reinforcements. Mouthpiece opening is about 33 mm diameter of roughly circular shape, sugarbag addition by recent players has made it closer to 30 mm. Bell end diameter is 9 cm. The total length of the Blue Bamboo is 129 cm and it tips the scales at a lightweight 1.5 kg. Fundamental key is F and 1st overtone note is G.

Fifteen players of different styles are currently showcased playing the Blue Bamboo.

Doris Neff
Switzerland/Australia
1.57 mins

 

Dion Mununggurr
Australia
1.59 mins

 

Ben Greatwich
Australia
2.13 mins

 

Darryl Dikarrnga Brown
Australia
2.12 mins

 

 Yoshitaka Saegusa
Japan/Australia
0.32 mins

 

Mike Jackson
Australia
0.58 mins

 

Arnold Marika
Australia
0.19 mins

 

Stephen Kent
USA
3.36 mins

 

David Dharrapuy Gaykamangu
Australia
0.25 mins

 

Paul White
UK
2.09 mins

 

Raymond Marpin Guyula
Australia
2.09 mins

 

Derek Pharms
Australia
1.59 mins

 

Elijah Atu
Australia
0.49 mins

 

Martin O’Loughlin
Italy/Australia
1.30 mins

 

Jonathon Munyarryun
Australia
0.32 mins

 

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