SeesarDrums

Hybrid Percussion w/ Lovecraft Inspired Decorations

Portland, Oregon On Etsy since 2018

SeesarDrums

Hybrid Percussion w/ Lovecraft Inspired Decorations

Portland, Oregon | 10 Sales

Announcement    Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting Seesar Drums! I really appreciate all the support and custom orders! Cheers everyone!

Here's a short virtual tour of the Seesar Drums workshop, so you can get an idea of what goes into one of our drums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m7xKqSuE7E

I'm taking a poll this week to see what you want me to add to my shop next. Vicit this link and let me know what you think I should build!
http://pollmaker.vote/p/9DBNRU72

Either way, I'll have more 13 Moon drums, some new pentagonal drums, and some new designs soon! Look for a new Bendir model, a riq, a barrel-style goblet drum, the promised Czech vozembouch-style instrument, and a Tlingit-style bass drum merged with a cajon, a new mid-depth shell bodhran, and a special Tibetn Nga style model with and without Lovecraftian wood burning and henna decorations in the near future! You can also discuss custom orders with me, too! Just click on the "Request Custom Order" button below and start the conversation that will get you a personalized Lovecraftian ritual percussion instrument for that dark ambient or Neo-Medieval project! :) Cheers and more to be posted soon!

"[The Seesar Drums I just purchased] are amazingly...Such beautiful drums, and they sound amazing, especially the sound of the 5 sided one! Wow!" V - London, UK (musician and collector, owner of a 13-Moon and a 5-sided shaman Seesar Drums)

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Last updated on Apr 18, 2018

Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting Seesar Drums! I really appreciate all the support and custom orders! Cheers everyone!

Here's a short virtual tour of the Seesar Drums workshop, so you can get an idea of what goes into one of our drums: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m7xKqSuE7E

I'm taking a poll this week to see what you want me to add to my shop next. Vicit this link and let me know what you think I should build!
http://pollmaker.vote/p/9DBNRU72

Either way, I'll have more 13 Moon drums, some new pentagonal drums, and some new designs soon! Look for a new Bendir model, a riq, a barrel-style goblet drum, the promised Czech vozembouch-style instrument, and a Tlingit-style bass drum merged with a cajon, a new mid-depth shell bodhran, and a special Tibetn Nga style model with and without Lovecraftian wood burning and henna decorations in the near future! You can also discuss custom orders with me, too! Just click on the "Request Custom Order" button below and start the conversation that will get you a personalized Lovecraftian ritual percussion instrument for that dark ambient or Neo-Medieval project! :) Cheers and more to be posted soon!

"[The Seesar Drums I just purchased] are amazingly...Such beautiful drums, and they sound amazing, especially the sound of the 5 sided one! Wow!" V - London, UK (musician and collector, owner of a 13-Moon and a 5-sided shaman Seesar Drums)

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    About SeesarDrums

    Sales 10
    On Etsy since 2018

    Ethnomusicology meets Percussion meets Lovecraftian Futurism

    After decades of percussion performance, acoustics and musical instrument studies, Ethnomusicology fieldwork, and Lovecraftian Futurist composition and development, owner and head drum maker Dr. Will Connor has blended knowledge of traditional instruments, experience of playing hand drums, and a fascination with Mythos tales to create Seesar Drums - a company that strived to make unique instruments for the discerning musician. Seesar Drums draws from construction techniques from a variety of traditions and innovatively rethinks the ways in which science and aesthetics can enhance the sonorities and functionality of percussion. Having worked with builders of percussion in Alaska, Tibet, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, and the United States, Connor was driven to employ the drum making knowledge to explore the sounds and performance possibilities he engaged in the performance of Neo-Medieval music, experimental improv, and dark ambient ritual and Lovecraftian Futurist soundscapes. The result is Seesar Drums. Over 20 years in the making, Seesar Drums opens its doors so that you, the performer seeking new and interesting sounds, shapes, and aesthetics can join in the percussive revolution...

    Please feel free to contact us using drums [!at] SeesarMusic.com or visit http://SeesarMusic.com/drums

    Seesar Drums is a proud member of the New Leaders of the Eldritch Cult

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    • Dr Will Connor

      Owner, Maker

      Connor has degrees in acoustics, Ethnomusicology, and percussion performance, as well as decades of experience touring with improvising and experimental groups, Gothic and Neo-Medieval bands, and Lovecratian Futurist ensembles and solo presentation.

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    Last updated on Apr 12, 2018
    Frequently asked questions
    Custom and personalised orders

    Seesar Drums happily accepts commissions based on the styles, materials, and aesthetics upheld by the company (traditional hybrid drums, materials available or attainable, plain (non-decorated) or Lovecraft-inspired decorations only). Typically, a new instrument can be build within a few weeks, depending on the complexity and level of decoration, and communication between Seesar Drums and the commissioner will be thorough to ensure the customer is satisfied with the design decisions made and turn around time of the commissioned work. Commissioned works must be paid for in advance and cannot be cancelled once begun, but instruments will carry the typical satifaction guarantee.

    Why Hybrid Drums?

    Mostly because traditional drums can be found with high quality in abundance, and hybrid construction drums affords new sonic qualities and performance techniques. Some of these aural aesthetics cannot be found elsewhere, whilst some hybrid drums lend themselves to encouraging different or hybrid playing styles that make the drums useful for being used outside a traditional setting, but helps maintain a folk or traditional feel to a performance. Futhermore, the functionality is often associated with cultural, social, or historical considerations, and hybrid drums can alude to a specific tradition without impossing appropriation or breach ethical use of an instrument. It is also a means to educate, whilst sounding unique.

    Why Lovecraft-Inspired Decorations?

    As with the hybrid construction, non-Lovecraft-inspired art (and we, at Seesar Drums, prefer to think of handmade drums, at least partially, as art) is available almost anywhere, but Mythos-related, Lovecraftian Futurism (which can also be seen as or connected to Lovecraftian "Primitivism") are simply not to be found unless self-made. Seesar Drums offers Lovecraftian decorated drums as a means to supply interested parties with bespoke Mythos-inspired art percussion that can both be visually engaging and yield professional sound and uniqueness. We hope that Lovecraft fans and musicians will appreciate the ritualistic nature of the drums and the literary referencing as further inspiration for their musical performances and compositions.

    What's the Guru-Timpani Leading Edge?

    Guru Drums is a UK-based maker of super high quality trap set drum shells & full kits. Their shells utilize a merger of an inner typical bearing edge w/ an ~30 degree angle inside the shell, & an altered timpani bearing edge on the outside that creates a minute fulcrom over which the head of the drum vibrates when played. What this does, is allows the head maximum contact w/ the shell, giving it more resonance through the shell, & increases the sustain of a single strike (noticably reducing decay of the vibration of the head). It can also accents high & low frequencies, especially, in the case of Seesar Drums' barrel constructed drums. Seesar Drums uses the Guru-Timpani edge whenever possible. For more info visit https://www.gurudrums.co.uk

    I love the runes you use! What are they?

    I regularly get compliments on the font I typically use for the decorations on Seesar Drums. Thanks! I cannot take full credit, though, by any means. I tweak and alter a True Type Font called Cthulhu Text created Stapleton McTavish and it's available for your computer here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/141351/Cthulhu-Text-TTF-Font-File

    What I do is change it a little, mix English, Aklo (Lovecraftian chant language), and whatever else is appropriate to conjure up relevant rune designs for the drums' themes. I also add grammatical and punctuation markings, and merge it all with Lovecraftian sigils/symbols/references and other related imagery, entirely with respect and understanding that these symbols, fonts, and words mean something.

    Tell me about the skins you use...

    I am looking to expand my head selection in the future, but for now, I have a great relationship with Glacier Wear, another Etsy seller, and I get from them thin goat skin drum heads that are partially sanded and are approximately 1/16" thick. I wash them and soak them, pre-stretch them, and attach them using methods I learned from the three drum building mentors who taught me their techniques. Here's Glacier Wear's Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlacierWear

    Where did you learn to build drums?

    In addition to building drums on my own, I studied percussion construction as part of my first degree in Acoustics at Clemson University. Later I studied at North Carolina State University getting a Post bach in Ethnomusicology and was honoured to have studied with some Tlignit elders in Alaska, most notably Uncle Jimmy near Sitka and in Juneau. Then I studied Ethnomusicology at University of Hawaii and as part of my studies, I worked with instrument builders in Lhasa, Tibet, China among other places. For my Ph.D. I worked with drum builders in Germany, and other instrument makers in Scotland, England, and The Netherlands. I also built percussion in the Czech Republic with the Etnologicky Ustav courtesy of the Honc and Kratka families.