Hello Didgeridoo Players of the World!

On our travels, meeting thousands and thousands of didgeridoo players we noticed one thing- most didgeridoo players cannot point into the sound of the didgeridoo. In other words, this means that most didgeridoo players cannot speak in terms of frequencies when referring to the sound of the didgeridoo.  This is not something to be ashamed of, as it is absolutely normal if you have never encountered the term frequency in practice. Of course, we can approach sound of didgeridoo from a holistic aspect and/or use just descriptive language to express the sound. But adjectives like powerful, velvety, golden, silky, blunt, sharp can maybe mean one thing to Pero and the other to Jura – to use Croatian primary school nomenclature.

Even more importantly, being able to point exactly into the sound is a direct manifestation of  raised awareness about the sound of didgeridoo. Using the frequencies as terminology is a neutral – physical form of communication that is clear and universal to all.

So here we go.

We take an example of completely unprocessed didgeridoo sound – “flat” one.

And now we add some equalization ( EQing) done by software, with high Q – meaning a narrow band of the sound is amplified.  Listen to the sound again and see(hear) if you can notice how the sound is changed and whether you can say which frequency it is.

Didgeridoo EQ-ed example one:

Now we will change the band that we are EQing. Listen again and try to distinct raised frequency from the rest of the flat sound.

Didgeridoo EQ-ed example two:

But since didgeridoo sound is very complex- meaning it consists of many frequencies, our ears’ search can go on!

Didgerdioo EQ-ed example three:

Were you  able to distinct raised frequencies of the sound of didgeridoo? If yes, can you say which freqs those are? If not, were you at least able to hear the difference from the unprocessed sound? The next sounds will help you further with differeciating the sound.

The next three examples are just isolated raised frequencies, heard as sine wave – hopefully they help you in answering the previous questions. The answers you will find in the bottom of the text.

We hope this was helpful to you, and your didgeridoo awareness! If you would like to get more of didgeridoo listening exercises – let us know – send us an email, “like” us and like us. Just like us.

The freqs in the order of appearance were : 125Hz, 808Hz and 2526Hz. Thank you www.wavtones.com for the sine wave support!