Bucket List: Learn Altai Khomus

Hi friends.

Today’s post is a mash-up of several things on my Bucket List: Khomus progress, hooping progress, and making movies.

Waaaaay back in high school, I wanted to go to film school.  By the time I graduated and was ready to head off to college, I couldn’t afford out-of-state tuition, so I studied theater instead, hoping, someday, to get to making films.

Fast forward to 2012, when I started hooping. Shortly thereafter, I began recording my hooping videos as a way to document my progress and improve my body image. As I progressed in my hooping and recordings, I starting upgrading the equipment I use, beginning with an old Powershot S50 and no editing software.  I currently shoot with a Canon Vixia digital camcorder, record audio with the free Sony audio recording app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and edit on kden live, which is an open source program.  This one happens to be free and given the I’m still a baby editor, more than meets my simple needs to cut and render my videos.

In the past 18 months, I’ve suffered from a flare up of my foot/knee problems and have had to cut my hooping down considerably.  Additionally, my hoop dance has progressed to the point where I am not allowed to hoop inside the house. I hoop at a nearby park on nice days and every week at the class room at our gym.

One of my goals for 2016 was to get back into hooping and this video is an excerpt from the material I shot last March on my hoop-versary.

Another goal on my list for a very long time is to learn Khoomei,which morphed into also learning Khomus. I purchased my Altai Khomus from Mouthmusic.com at the beginning of July. Mine is a Russian made brass and steel and is untuned.  You probably know it as a Jew’s Harp, Mouth Harp, or Juice Harp, which I think got its name because the most difficult thing to master at this point, is the spit generated by playing this thing.

The drum is a traditional Native American skin drum given to my by my Uncle Ed.  He’s a big stick game player and this drum was a prize from a Memorial Stick Game Tournament in 1998.

In the video I am listening to Massive Attack’s “Antistar.” I happened to luck out and the drumming track synced pretty well with the Khomus track.  At least I think it does. Perhaps I’ll know better as I experiment more with audio editing.

I also created the intro and outro music on kden live that I’ll be adding to future videos. I sampled 2 clips from music on the Free Music Archive: Dave Depper’s “Coming into Focus” and Alex Gross’ “Naturally Smooth” both are available for use via Creative Commons license that allows making derivative works. The Khomus playing is my own.

What’s on your Bucket List?