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Donated by Michael Udow, 2008-08-01
The Timbrack is a unique instrument designed and built in 1977 by Michael Udow in collaboration with the Premier Drum Company’s chief of research and development, Peter Spenlove. The instrument, constructed on a basic Premier marimba frame, is a keyboardconfigured, multiple-percussion instrument with thirteen different timbres. This arrangement of the idiophones allows for the use of a standard Western, chromatic notational system. However, the corresponding sounds are not chromatic pitches. Instead, the notation represents specific idiophones that produce different timbres. The rack is also organized so that timbres are duplicated at the octave on the “accidental” locations.
Wooden Elements: 2 marimba bars (pitched), 2 nabimba bars (pitched), 2 xylophone bars (pitched), 2 claves, 2 woodblocks, 2 temple blocks, 2 wood cylinders (semi-pitched).