The title of this “article” is exaggerating (like a standard art-academic article about nothing). However, Mosca is put together in ten minutes and as it really is a resonator with metal injection it plays and sounds special and great. The parts can be found for free. Mr. Conrado and jayrope simply upcycled spare kitchen parts at Marina in Barcelona in 2017.
Video at end of article.
Two generic barbecue grills tightly strapped to a big water bottle with wire. An extra piece of wood helps to make a tight connection of grills and water bottle. That is essential for good resonance and
Mosca can even fly, hanging on a rope from the ceiling. That way it’ll be turning all the time upon every hit, which makes playing more challenging.
Build one yourself – Part list
- water bottle 5 gallons (18.9 liters) WITH handle, surface under handle should NOT be curved.
- two round metal barbecue grills with handle. Handle should be part of frame, if not assemble it in right direction (only one possible, which is tight)
- piece of wood to tighten BBD handles, dimensions depend on aviil. space left under bottle handle. Leave barely enough for grill handles, the wodd then should squeeze it all together there. Would should/can be glued into the best position with hot glue.
- some tag/loop to hang it (black here)
- hot glue
Put all this together
Make sure you tighten the wire connecting the two grills underneath the bottle. It will rattle otherwise. When everything is tight, the bottle will properly function as a resonator.
At Theater Bremen i just built three Moscas for the band of Black Rainbow (includes myself playing).
It turns out, that every water bottle sounds entirely different, as well as every grill.
That means you can make any number for any number of players and land in a Harry-Partch-sound-space in no time.
And well, they look good (depends on taste ;).
*Enjoy and let me know about the life of your own Mosca.
Here’s a video (sound and image not recorded at same time)