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Dinner parties a bit tame? Tired of hearing the same old playlists? Liven up your evenings with these hilarious after–dinner sound and music experiments. Musical Experiments for After Dinner includes 21 techniques each illustrated by a handsome card including step–by–step instructions and presented in a beautiful gift tin. From turning a carrot into a recorder and playing your wine glasses to recreating the fizz and crackle of a barbershop quartet on an old–timey gramophone, these experiments are guaranteed to provide a good time.
Perfect for any dinner party or friendsgiving you're hosting!
Learn how to craft a Root Vegetable Rhumba:
CELERIAC! THE RUNT OF WINTER VEGETABLE BOXES! Does anyone know what to make of this vaguely celeryesque ball of chalky starch? If your taste buds are in doubt but your jive is on, musicalize!
1. Slice off the tops and bottoms of a pair of celeriacs to make flat surfaces.
2. Hollow them out with a spoon until the walls are around 1.5cm thick.
3. Make a hole in the side with an apple corer or a knife (this allows the sweet resonance to escape). Play them with your fingers or a pair of teaspoons.
Warm up with double strokes (right right, left left) on each bongo – also known as mama–daddies – or the paradiddle (RLRR, LRLL) before going on to make up your own grooves. Alternatives to celeriac include swedes, turnips or pumpkins. The fresher the better.
About the Author
Angus Hyland is a partner at Pentagram Design London. Dave Hopkins is an illustrator who specializes in all forms of line work. Tom Parkinson is a multi-instrumentalist and composer working primarily in an interdisciplinary context.
Dave Hopkins is an illustrator who specializes in all forms of line work. His styles range from modern to traditional, incorporating pen and ink, pastiches of steel and wood engravings, and various woodcuts. He has worked for clients such as P&O, Lloyds and Johnnie Walker and numerous publications from The Economist to Mojo.