A Didgeridoo is quite a frequent visitor to many a Sydney Recording Studio. Gaining popularity over the last few decades, the Didgeridoo can now be found in many recordings, both new age and contemporary. At our Sydney Recording Studio we have alot of experience recording Didgeridoo.
There are so many nuances to the sound that to get the best result possible it is best to go to a Sydney Recording Studio to record it. At our Sydney Recording Recording studio we have the best equipment possible to get you the best sound possible out of your didgeridoo.
1. Sydney Recording Studios: Didgeridoos
Authentic Aboriginal didgeridoos are produced in traditionally oriented communities in Northern Australia or by makers who travel to Central and Northern Australia to collect the raw materials. They are usually made from hardwoods, especially the various eucalyptus species that are endemic to the region. Generally the main trunk of the tree is harvested, though a substantial branch may be used instead. Aboriginal didgeridoo craftsmen hunt for suitably hollow live trees in areas with obvious termite activity. Termites attack these living eucalyptus trees, removing only the dead heartwood of the tree, as the living sapwood contains a chemical that repels the insects. Various techniques are employed to find trees with a suitable hollow, including knowledge of landscape and termite activity patterns, and a kind of tap or knock test, in which the bark of the tree is peeled back, and a fingernail or the blunt end of a tool, such as an axe is knocked against the wood to determine if the hollow produces the right resonance.
Once a suitably hollow tree is found, it is cut down and cleaned out, the bark is taken off, the ends trimmed, and the exterior is shaped; this results in a finished instrument. This instrument may be painted or left undecorated. A rim of beeswax may be applied to the mouthpiece end. Traditional instruments made by Aboriginal craftsmen in Arnhem Land are sometimes fitted with a “sugarbag” mouthpiece. This black beeswax comes from wild bees and has a distinctive aroma.
At our Sydney Recording Studio, we can’t help you find a didge but we sure can help you record it or even find you a didge player to play didgeridoo on your album.