Hart of the Wud - Three Short Pieces (so far) for Four Marimbas and West African Percussion

by Trubright Marimba

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These pieces are all inspired and take their names from the novel "Riddley Walker" by Russell Hoban. It takes places in a post apocalyptic world far in the future that has suffered a horrible calamity that has destroyed civilization. The people that survive live an iron age England with only the dimmest notion of the glories of the past. They stitch together a crude religion based on "Punch and Judy" and the legend of St. Eustace. The entire book is written in a fanciful, phonetic pidgin English. The titles of my pieces all come from that: Sharna Pax, Arga Warga, FoolsCrcl9wys, the Hart of the Wud.

Riddley is an orphan boy who becomes a 'connexion man' after his father is killed in an accident, a sort of shaman who must try and make sense of the random and brutal things that happen to their clan with grim regularity.

All tracks were recorded in my basement on an Adams 4.3 octave padouk marimba. Every other sound is played live except for a few samples which I made myself from instruments that I borrowed from friends. It was a long slow process but ultimately very rewarding. Enjoy!



released May 18, 2016

All tracks composed, performed and mixed by Ted Rubright.



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Trubright Marimba is an alt/world virtual group created by Ted Rubright inspired by the Shona marimba tradition of Zimbabwe, west African dununba drums and bells and classical western percussion.

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