Talking Drums is the multi-media project by Sergio Krakowski that brings a new form of expression for percussion players. After developing his own self-taught technique on the Pandeiro (brazilian tambourine) and after engaging himself into a successful international career as a Pandeiro player, Sergio decided to apply his math knowledge to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine creating real dialogs between percussionist and computer.
Soon these tools will be available on the market in the format of a pedal to be used with any kind of percussion.
In the Talking Drums project, Sergio used the technology he developed in his PhD to actually make the drum speak. Behind this idea there is a strong artistic research on what is the limit between rhythm and spoken language that takes us to ancient times where the distance between these two things was smaller or inexistent.
This video tells of how the first bongo was conceived of and created. The first hardware was created in a company building military instrumentation. That very same bongo was recreated in 2014 as the 50th Anniversary model that has already become the go to bongo by the leading players who have passed through the congahead.com studio.