This website illustrates and documents new methods for the planning and
crafting of Didgeridoos with freely definable sound characteristics. The
authors work in a team - located all over Germany. Kay Reimer, Frank Geipel,
Johannes Schildkamp and Julian Rohrhuber exchange their knowledge on a
regular basis or work on mutual projects to understand the complexity of the
subject and build instruments with particularly interesting sound features.
All this is not to their commercial benefit, but to satisfy their distinct
scientific curiosity and play instinct.. ;-)
The "Test-A-Doo" hardware and the "CADSD" (Computer Aided Didge Sound
Design) software complement one another excellently; this is why we (Kay
Reimer and Frank Geipel) decided to present both methods publicly on this
Latest revision of the english version October 2008. For the up-to-date information please use the german version with the integrated english parts or a web translation service.
|Our special respect
applies to the Northern Australian Aborigines, their traditions and
their archaic woodwind instrument, which is known, among others, by the
names "Yidaki" (NE-Arnhemland) or “Mago” (W-Arnhemland).
We concur with the suggestion that this term should be reserved
exclusively for authentic instruments that have been naturally hollowed
out by termites and have been crafted by authorized aboriginal artists
with this instrument as part of their inherited cultural background.
Although the sound of some self-crafted instruments comes very close to
good originals, we recommend the purchase of at least one authentic
"Yidaki" to every serious Didgeridoo enthusiast - first of all in order
to become acquainted with the special aura of these instruments and
secondly to support the Australian natives, whom we owe this fantastic
But please be careful: Unfortunately many instruments offered and
attributed as “original” are not authentic and are useless in terms of
playability and sound characteristics.
© Copyright by Kay
(Hamburg 6/2001) and Frank Geipel (Penzberg 10/2003)
Use of this material, also in part, only with the personal agreement of the authors!