Sounds And Effects Releases Drums And Perc of Ancient Mexico for Native Instruments Kontakt
Sounds And Effects Releases Drums And Perc of Ancient Mexico for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Teponaztli log drum and HueHuetl skin drums were the main percussion instruments of the Pre-Columbian Aztecs. Smaller Huehuetl was originally hung from the shoulder and brought into battle, and struck with the hand. Larger ones were used in ceremonies including human sacrifices; often with the teponaztli.
After the Spanish conquered Mexico, legend has it that the huehuetl was outlawed by the Spanish, who feared the battle drums — punishment was cutting off of the offending hand. Years later, when the drum was allowed again, the legend continues, players struck them with sticks, in memory of those who lost hands in the past.
Mexican Friction Drum – from the heavily African influenced Costa Chica region in Oaxaca and Guerrero comes to a friction drum made of a calabash and ahead of male goatskin, with a string which can be rubbed, pulled, or popped, making a variety of wild sounds. The friction drum has been used in Mexico back to Mayan times, but whether the ancestry of the drum in Mexico is directly Mayan, or whether it’s African in origin (Yoruba) is debated by experts to this day. Either way, the Mexican drum is quite different than either the Brazilian Cuica or the Venezuelan Ferruco, although producing some sounds like those, and like the Cuica, it may once have been used for calling or imitating the sound of the jaguar-interestingly, in Africa they used a much bigger friction drum to imitate lions.
Hits And Shakes
Pandeiro Hits And Shakes – live-sounding tambourine also used elsewhere in Latin America–hits, shakes, and rubbed.
Rattles, Scraper & Clackers
Ayacaxtle and Ayoyotes Rattles – Aztec husk rattles or shakers.
Maracas and gourd rattles – big and small.
Guiro – gourd scraper.
Claves – Wooden clackers.
And much more. Please see here for a complete list of included instruments.
Drums And Perc of Ancient Mexico is available for an intro price of $24.95