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December 15, 2009 3:47 AM   Subscribe

Who needs real instruments? cf. Balloon Bass and Box (SLYT).
posted by tybeet (11 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Who needs real instruments?

Actually, his box is close enough to this real instrument as to be virtually indistinguishable from it.

The balloon bass sounds great, that guy's pretty good!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:58 AM on December 15, 2009


The balloon bass is pretty cool. They do mention in the credits that the 'box' is a cajon.
posted by Elmore at 4:11 AM on December 15, 2009


It's part of the human condition that if we can beat it, slap it, pluck it, strum it, rub it, or twang it, then somebody somewhere will figure out how to make beautiful music from it.
posted by Rhomboid at 4:49 AM on December 15, 2009


Who needs real instruments?

They do.
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 4:50 AM on December 15, 2009


Turns out this Balloon Bass guy is also responsible for one my current favorite images - a Mongolian family on the plain (in the snow) all wearing balloon hats (on the top of this page).

I think this is awesome.
posted by kalessin at 5:34 AM on December 15, 2009 [4 favorites]


Reminds me of the Nonnes Troppo, an alternative street band which was quite popular in France in the late 80's/early 90's. They used junk instruments, including a box and brushes for drums and a "contre-bassine" (contra-bucket) as a bass. This is them playing live on French TV (just ignore the ukulele): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVm1Wlek0WY#t=24s
posted by surrendering monkey at 7:12 AM on December 15, 2009


Balloon Bass guy has a whole series of videos called Inflatable Minute. Some are musical (like this giant balloon reverb!), others are not entirely safe for work...
posted by moonmilk at 8:05 AM on December 15, 2009


Balloon Bikini is the only thing that might be remotely NSFW.
posted by now i'm piste at 8:08 AM on December 15, 2009


Well, unless you work at a pins, needles, and shrapnel concern.
posted by moonmilk at 8:18 AM on December 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


Although my eee is to small to fully enjoy his flashstravaganza, balloon bass guy's webpage looks pretty cool. There's a big version of the Mongolian pic mentioned above as well as some really really really nice wings.
posted by irisclara at 9:40 AM on December 15, 2009


I saw this a couple weeks ago and figured someone had already posted it. One of the few SLYT's that might be worthy of a post.

I have to admit that balloon bikini is freaking fracking hot though. wow.
posted by TomMelee at 12:11 PM on December 15, 2009


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