photo by Rien Zilvold (NRC)
Video by Quinten Swagerman [project teaser]
Bellyhorn is an instrument to sing through. It is a big, organic-shaped, tangible and almost beastly instrument. It consists of a horn, a trunk and a ‘belly’. If you sing into the horn, sub-bass tones will sound from the instrument. The further you put your head into the horn, the louder you’ll play its tone. If you lift the horn, you also lift the pitch of the tone. When you sit or lie down on the Belllyhorn (as a listener or as a player), you can feel these deep bass tones through all of your body.
Dianne created the Bellyhorn during her residency at Gaudeamus Muziekweek at Vechtclub XL, a creative breeding ground in Utrecht, in cooperation with four designers (David Menting, Daniëlle van Lunteren, Toon Welling en Quinten Swagerman).
@ Sneeuw & Ruis Festival, June 2016 – Vechtclub XL Utrecht
Bellyhorn, Pulseyarn/Future Folk Instruments is a project by Dianne Verdonk, David Menting, Daniëlle van Lunteren, Quinten Swagerman and Toon Welling and is powered by Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Vechtclub XL, Gemeente Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds en Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie