DJEMBE LOG DRUM

LOG DRUM PERCUSSION (MARCUS TATTON & DAN MAGNUS), 'DJEMBE'‘ LOG DRUM, 1993

MYRTLE, CALF SKIN
650(H) x 430(Ø) mm

THE WORK

The log drum ‘Djembe’ is an adaptation of the West African Djembe found predominately in Ivory Coast, Mali, Guinea and Senegal. By hollowing the drums from solid logs of Tasmanian rainforest woods, the log drum ‘Djembe’ is long lasting and maximises the resonant qualities of the native timbers. The ‘Djembe’ design has an exceptionally wide dynamic range, making it an expressive and adaptable percussion instrument, applicable to both contemporary and classical music.

THE DESIGNERS

Log Drums Percussion developed in 1988 when Dan Magnus and Marcus Tatton collaborated to build an experimental wooden hand drum, while training at the Centre for Furniture Design in Hobart. Log Drums Percussion became a fulltime business in 1990 and continued for eight years. Magnus and Tatton produced a variety of traditional and customised percussion instruments, sought by contemporary and classical musicians throughout Australia and overseas. The endevour was deliberately kept small scale in order to maintain contact with the individual musician’s needs. Dan and Marcus would camp for weeks to source the waste log off cuts used for the drums, which they would carve initially with chainsaws on site. Back at the studio the drums were completed, including kiln drying, carving and tensioning of the skin across the drum.

“You wouldn't believe it but I find it quite peaceful to work with a chainsaw. Nobody can interrupt me, the telephone doesn't interrupt me, I just work away with my earmuffs on. I find that I focus really well. I find I can work for eight hours a day on a chainsaw. It's a very direct way of working, like drawing in three dimensions. It's a direct extension of my mind and imagination.”

Marcus now works individually as public space sculptor and continues to makes commissioned djembe, conga and taiko as well as producing the drum skins. Dan has moved focus to his plant nursery business in Woodbridge.

TATTON

Born: 1963, Taumarunui, New Zealand

Training: Bachelor of Fine Art (Furniture Design), University of Tasmania, 1989

Represented:    Royal Tasmanian Botanic, Hobart; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart; Ronald C Wornick Collection, San Francisco; Wood Turning Centre Collection, Philadelphia; Rodney Smorgon Collection; Montalto Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula; The Ponds, Blacktown, Western Sydney.

MAGNUS

Born: 1969

Training: Centre for Furniture Design, University of Tasmania, 1989