Flip-Flop is a thongophone with a twist. What is a thongophone? It’s a percussion based musical instrument consisting of a series of pipes of different...

FlipFlop

Location:

The Rocks
2000 NSW
Australia

 Image. Hollow pipes of a variety of lengths and widths stand vertically inside a frame to form a large musical instrument. When visitors hit the pipes with the thongs provided, the pipes emit notes and vibrant colours, allowing visitors to create a light and sound show. FlipFlop - Vivid Light 2019

Event Details

Artists:
PropMill: Daniel Thomas (Australia) / Josh Wilkinson (Australia)

Flip-Flop is a thongophone with a twist. What is a thongophone? It’s a percussion based musical instrument consisting of a series of pipes of different lengths and widths that are hit with paddles, traditionally thongs, to create corresponding notes. 

Flip-Flop is, in effect, is an electric version of a pentatonic pipe drum. Every tap causes vibrations that are transmitted through the hollow pipes. Each one resonates to a pre-set pitch. Electronic pickups, similar to an electric guitar, amplify the vibrations. These in turn get enhanced and manipulated electronically.

Beyond its sonic capabilities, each note hit drives a series of evolving light responses, both internally and on the projection surface. 3D projection mapping effects, and sound reactive lights respond to the beat. The notes produced by the instrument can be amplified and expanded upon to create an ever-changing spectacle, far beyond the capabilities of a traditional thongophone.

Flip-Flop turns the physical act of beating a pipe drum into a choreographed light show. Being a three-sided instrument, up to three players, both young and old, can play at any one time. Each side has a different set of notes and tones, so together visitors can create an unending light symphony. 

 

Country represented by installation: Australia

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

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