One day, I walked into Lyric and saw this little kazoo. It caught my eye because it was a wind instrument, but it looked like a toy. I bought it right away. After all, what was there to lose?
I ended up experimenting with the kazoo a lot and I found out that I could push the kazoo to its limit. With breath control and technique, I learned to play the kazoo like this:
Super Mario Theme (There was a saxophone playing nearby, but the kazoo can still be heard!)
I also learned to play a wide variety of genres on the kazoo, like jazz and classical. [He also played a rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee which I wasn’t able to record, unfortunately.] For Bakunawa, I play fusion. That’s the best way to call it, really. We have African and Arabian influences, but we always try to keep the beat distinctly Filipino and ethnic.
I still want a saxophone or a trumpet, but wind instruments are pretty expensive. This kazoo isn’t a bad substitute, really. After all, I got it for P50.
Aman dela Cruz is also a sound designer and composer for films. You can contact him by e-mailing delacruz.aman (at) gmail.com