Putting together a Mosca for the first time was a matter of less than ten minutes, invented by Mr. Conrado and myself at the marina in Barcelona in summer 2017. The parts were spared in the kitchen, about to get discarded…
Video at end of article.
Two (cheapest) barbecue grills tightly strapped to a big water bottle with wire.
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.
Here’s how you can build one yourself.
- 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
Here’s how to put all this together…
Make sure you tighten the wire connecting the two grills underneath the bottle, as otherwise rattling takes over. Only 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 Harry-Parch-made-from-trash-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)