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date: 20 January 2021


  • Michael Webb


Two-bar xylophone of the Tolai people, Papua New Guinea. A man plays the tinbuk while seated on the ground, with the bars across his legs or laid across banana trunk sections. The bars are 75 to 100 cm long, 10 cm wide at the middle, narrowing to 2.5 cm at the ends; the undersides are hollowed into a shallow trough. Unequal in length and tuned less than a tone apart, they sometimes feature magical painted markings. The ...

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