Music and Toys
A toy and music both are the art of playing and learning. It’s the magic of the ears and fingers. Both have design elements and integration of hands, heart and head.
Inspired by the Sound Toys from Sudarshan Khanna’s book “Joy of Making Indian Toys”, Tim Hoffman, a master musician specializing in Indian Classical Crossover on Japanese instruments Shakuhachi and Koto, introduces the Tik-Tik toy before each session with school students.
Each Tik-Tik sounds different. The knots in Tik-Tik define the beat. What if one does not makes the knots uniform and what if one varies the distance between the knots? Will the beats or Taan be different. Such a discussion through such a simple, yet innovative toy, gives a deeper understanding to the maths and science behind music. The knots in a Tik-Tik toy remind one about the strings in musical instruments.
Plucking and letting go off the knot and similarly the string, creates vibration. Many such vibrations create sound in the toy and music in the instrument. It is interesting to know how two products poles apart are connected through similar principle of sound through vibration.
Tim Hoffman observed very interesting thing that in Japan the inward and outward expression is through eyes and hands respectively, while in India it’s through ears and throat. He expressed the need to create balance between chaos and order, prevalent in different societies.
It was kind gesture of Music Master Tim Hoffman to give a lecture and performance session at our home on 6th september 2015. The two-hour session with musical interaction was enjoyable and educative.
written by Surabhi Khanna ,www.surabhikhanna.com