By Sue Dohnym
April 1st, 2013
Local artist Josh Ingew is out to prove that music can be found everywhere and to set records while doing so.
Odd is normal for Ingew and he takes pride in his unique collection of instruments, some of which only last for short periods of time. Like the carrots he painstakingly hollows out and drills holes into so he has a flutelike instrument.
“Every object has a sound and it’s captivating to try and turn it into an instrument,” Ingew explained. “I’m still trying to figure out how to do it with a loaf of French bread, but it’s hard going https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/v/7670_10151560619632700_47951058_n.jpg?oh=dc54c638a4140488e9f9634c15b8cc83&oe=51562BD9&__gda__=1364684653_9780980645fdb32fbce523f84685c391.”
When he’s not contemplating the musical capabilities of food staples, Ingew thinks about unusual venues for his equally unordinary tools.
“The idea of performing where nobody else has done so is a big inspiration for me,” said Ingew. “If Lady GaGa wants to perform ‘Telephone’ on a mobile helipad, I want to be dangling from the tail of a helicopter.”
“He’s talking to the Space Needle in Seattle about playing his hosaphone on the roof of the building,” said Ima Kidder, Ingew’s manager, in a phone interview. A hosaphone is a homemade instrument that is made up of the bell of a trumpet and a section of tubing that can be bought at any home improvement store. “Of course, the Space Needle is slightly reluctant to give full approval, but we’re working out the safety problems.”
“I briefly considered playing the water goblets, but it’s Seattle and so many things could interfere with my performance,” Ingew said. “Rain is not the best weather for those instruments because it corrupts the integrity of the melody.”
Currently, Ingew is working on recording his first album, but has decided to not release it until NASA agrees to broadcast it to their space stations and on frequencies that could be picked up by extra terrestrials.
“We’re so proud of him,” said Anita Joke, Ingrew’s mother. “It’s hard to believe that somebody like Josh could exist.”
Sue Donym is a flamingo majoring in marine cooking and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org