[flickr id=”5779335798″ thumbnail=”small” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”right”] While wandering around Main Street in Catskill NY the other day with Sandra (checking out cats and chocolate treats), we came across the Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) gallery show, Bing Bang Boing: Radical Instruments of Sound and Vision, described as “a festival of handmade musical instruments exploring sound, music, sculpture and performance.”
The Catskill gallery has different artists’ renditions of musical instruments made from conventional and unconventional materials. I especially liked the piece that used compressed air cans to power a wooden pipe instrument, it’s a perfect tool for making a slapstick cartoon soundtrack.
Some pieces are strictly for viewing, but several allow hands-on exploration and noise-making.
Our crew of tweens pushed the hands-on instruments up to (and beyond) the limits of human tolerance. It’s not rock and roll until someone tells you to turn it down!
The festival goes through July 2nd, with different activities including a performance in three acts this Sunday, June 4th from 2pm-4pm at the Catskill Community Movie Theatre at 373 Main Street.
The final performance, by exhibiting artists on July 2nd, will be at the Historic Catskill Point Warehouse from 11am-4pm. There will be food and craft vendors, and along with a children’s craft area where kids can create their own drums and trumpets. I’m planning on a bring-my-own-earplugs approach since I expect my kids to really get into playing their own creations!