This is a bigger version of our ‘Creaker Creature’ and is just as easy to play. Just put some tension on the string and twist the stick - it sounds just like a frog.
In fact it can make a wide range of different sounds, depending on the amount of tension you apply and the angle of the string. The ‘Frog Twirler – painted’ can also be twirled around to produce a wonderful buzzing noise. Simple, ingenious and a great sound.
It is also great for showing how sounds are produced, as you can see how vibrations set up in the string get amplified by the drum inside the frog.
Click the trumpet icon below to listen to an amazing audio clip of ‘Disappearing World’ below by 9 year old Erin Bryant. Erin directed the whole thing and played both keyboard themes and nearly all of the parts, including the bird whistles, rainstick and frog twirler.
The piece starts as an idyll, but then portrays the threat to the environment (some ambient forest noises are used as part of the background and a chainsaw sample is used to represent the ongoing destruction). A fantastic early composition. Brilliant!