Live Electric Didgeridoo at Les Combarelles, Les Eyzies, France

Electric Earth Music

Les Eyzies, France has been continuously occupied by human beings for more than 30,000 years, and it is home to some of the earliest known masterpieces of prehistoric art.  One of the oldest musical instruments ever discovered, a bull roarer, was found in a cave near Les Eyzies.  Today, most people associate the bull roarer with Australian aboriginal culture, but it has been used all over the world, and is part of our European heritage as well.

Although no didgeridoos have been found in Europe’s ancient art caves, evidence suggests that people played didgeridoo-like instruments in prehistoric Europe.  The “Dord Isael,” a bronze-age didgeridoo-like instrument, was unearthed in Ireland, and the “Lur” a Viking didgeridoo-like instrument found in Scandinavia probably share a common didgeridoo-like ancestor with modern brass instruments like the trumpet or trombone.  A wooden didgeridoo would almost certainly not have survived the eons, just as no drums have…

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Author: john hardin

Artist bio: The writer in me says: “Don’t tell them who you are, show them what you do.” The artist in me says: “It must be strong, simple, bold, yet rich with detail, but above all, original.” The filmmaker in me says: “We need to contextualize your work by weaving the roots of the Psychedelic Revolution, the Environmental Movement, Gaia Theory, Future Primitivism and musical influences from Iannis Xenakis to Bart Hopkin into a narrative that portrays an iconoclast's struggle for cultural relevance from the forested hinterlands of rural Northern California within the greater post-industrial, post-post-modern, post-reality mind-fuck of the 21st Century.” The critic in me says: “Will that guy ever shut up?” The comedian in me says: “It has to make me laugh at least once.” The engineer in me says: “Don’t forget to tell them that you do it all off-grid, with solar power, using recycled materials.” And the improvisational musician in me says: “Cut! Great job everybody!”

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