Parts ready to be built

Instrument Design Number 2

This is the base part of instrument number two before construction. If all goes to plan, the neck will be shaped, fretwire put in and the whole thing made electric.

The idea behind this instrument design is the 4-string cigar box guitar that you see around everywhere. I think the only thing different about this is that it will be tuned EADG. With this tuning and neck length is should be possible to create some mid-range sounds to go with instrument number 1.

What is an Open Band?

I’m going to try and explain what I mean by an Open Band.

As you well know, the Goblin Orchestra is a band / music collective that creates the instruments it plays. But there’s more it it than that, we want to work using what other people have called Open Band Principles.

Now, these are philosophies and ideas that have been transposed / translated from Open Source principles and adapted to music. If you look at our about page, you can see three ideas to this approach:

We give our music away freely

Yes we do. If you want all our music, you can have it. It will be available through our website or through various torrent sites and you can do pretty much what you want with it. Ans long as you name-check us. We will most likely provide better quality audio wrapped in more interesting packaging at a premium rate, but your basic MP3 will be freely available to do what you will with.

We build community

Being in a band is about reputation. Our fans are our reputation. If we treat you nice, you will treat us nice. And that’s all we want. There’s strength in community. There safety in community and we want our community to feel like they are part of the band. Something you can contribute to as well as benefit from.

Fair pay

It would be nice if the Goblin Orchestra earned money exploring this Open Band concept, even if it is to pay for deluxe items, merch, venues, raw materials for new kit and the occasional weird tea. So, we will be selling things through our website at a fairly respectable price. We may even involve the Radiohead pay-what-you-want theory to some of our releases. We just want to give things to you that have a fair value.

That’s pretty much it. A later post will look at some of the other Open Source principles we’ll be hijacking and using as part of this band, but for now these are the three guiding principles that we’re going to follow.

If you’ve got anything to add, or have some ideas, please add to the conversation in the comments section. Thanks.

First Post

This is the first post of what (I hope) is going to be an interesting experiment in open source, community, product design and music.

The plan is to create a band that builds its own instruments / equipment and then writes some songs using them.

That’s it.

I’m currently on the lookout for band members that like this idea and want to get behind it. If this might be you, go take a look at our About Page and register with us.