You’ve seen them in the street, buskers and musicians performing crazy acts and playing just about every kind of music from Gregorian chants to throwing down on a Didgeridoo. Speaking of weird instruments, PVC pipe drums have been exploding on the street-corner scene in the past few years and the trend seems to be growing.
Why not, they have a unique sound and are incredibly easy to build using a little bit of plumbing knowledge and some simple carpentry. In fact, maker Jeremy Cook and his Cousin Jackson (a musician) decided to build their own with a step by step tutorial on how to get the job done. First, a simple frame is hammered together with several holes cut out of the top edge. Different lengths of PVC piping are glued together and positioned through the holes for stability and accessibility. Next braces are screwed to the sideboards, which lock the pipes in place. Done, that’s it, you now have a musical instrument that sounds like you hammering out notes in a deep dark cave or in a vacuum chamber. Pair it up with a Theremin and maybe an old-school synthesizer and watch the crowds gather (or run in terror). Follow this link if you too want in on the PVC crazy.