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Morris Jingles

November 11th, 2012
morris, music

A couple weeks ago I wrote that I wanted more precise morris bells, something related to tamborines. I ordered 100 tamborine jingles and Saturday I made them into something you could tie to your shin:


The idea is that bells make noise when they move on any axis while these are largely quiet except when your foot hits the ground. [1] Compare the sound intensity of bells to jingles:

Bells

Jingles

Videos: bells, jingles.

Problems still to work out:


[1] In designing this at first I thought that the axis along which a morris dancer's legs make a sudden stop is vertical, but after some playing around I realized it's horizontal. While there is some vertical motion it is small; mostly the lower leg does a lot of going out and coming back. More importantly, when it finishes coming back it very quickly comes to a full stop as it meets the ground and takes the dancer's weight.

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