Recording Drum Sound Effects “Kodo O Daiko” in Japan!
Sometimes it is just luck that I could record these sound effects! If we are in Japan we always sleep at “Park and Sleep Areas” or so-called “Michi-no-Eki” in Japan.
These parking rest stops are super clean, free of charge and if you are not leaving before 9 am they always have farmers markets in the morning.
I was packing up the camper car around 7 am and listened to some drum music in the distance and my first thought was “Who has the radio that loud”?
It was raining and freezing cold but I was curious where this sound came from. I grabbed my recorder and with only a t-shirt on I run to the other side of the street and saw a long line with many retired Japanese men and women.
I passed the line and realized they play Kodo O Daiko in the shop. In China, Taiwan or Vietnam, for example, they have dragons if a new shop opens and in Japan they use drums? Amazing.
An older lady came up to me and told me the shop has 10th years anniversary and that is why they play!
So lucky I went here so I could record almost four minutes of the drum sound what is called in Japan “Taiko” or “Wadaiko” and the drumsticks are called Bachi if my research was correct!
I placed the recorder right in front of the musician and alone we communicate with eye contact and smiling. They know I record and I know they allowed it so that’s cool! After the play, everybody was so nice and excited to talk to me!
Field Recording Equipment
Zoom H6 349 USD
Japan is very cosmopolitan – it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their folk culture is transcendental. – F. Sionil Jose