Troy Page with didgeridoo My name is Troy Page and I’m a didgeridoo enthusiast and video production artist. This blog follows my experimental journey of making and playing didgeridoos, recording music and making videos, as well as stories of the people I meet and the places I visit along the way.
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25th February 2012

Video


Jake Duncan, Freestyle - IndidjInUs 2011

I shot this clip on my second pilgrimage to the didgeridoo woodland gathering called InDidjInUs, located in central/western Oregon.  The performer from this video has learned from, and has been influenced by this beautiful gathered group of musicians since his childhood, since InDidjInUs began 16 years ago.  Jake’s style is both powerful and technical, his sense of rhythm spot on, an unique style that many strive for and none can recreate.  It was a pleasure meeting Jake for the first time, I remember approaching him nervously to ask him permission to post this video.  Jake was excited to learn that I captured his last song, a improvisation piece that included some new sounds he’s been experimenting with.


To hear more songs by Jake Duncan see Jake’s Myspace Page or youtube search him.  Lots of great Jake Duncan didge clips out there.   

28th May 2011

Video


Flood Page, “Tranquility” Big Island Style

In 2009 Encinitas resident and guitarist Tim Flood embarked on a vision quest to the Big Island of Hawaii.  There Tim met my father Brant Page and spent a few days helping out on the coffee farm I grew up on.  Brant encouraged Tim to connect with me upon his return to California.  At the time I had recently moved to Encinitas and thanks to my pop, Tim and I met up and we quickly became good friends. 

 
This video has been years in the making.  In fact, I started filming for it a decade before I ever met Tim. In 2000 after I finished high school, I gathered up all the money I saved from videotaping weddings and shooting photos of Hilton Luau guests and spent it on a Sony VX2000 DV camcorder. It was my favorite toy and it went everywhere with me including a couple dozen strenuous Big Island hikes and camp-outs.

I’ve always been amazed by how beautiful our world is and when she shows her magnificence I feel the need to capture it.  At the time I didn’t know what I’d be using it for, but I was going far out of my way to capture it.  Tim tells me, “You were receiving the download.”   Yes, “the download”!

The timing was perfect for shooting this performance, I had just finished constructing the largest didgeridoo I’ve made to date.  Eight feet long with a bell a foot wide, plays in the key of C.  Spring bloom was in effect and Tim’s Encinitas backyard had nasturtium flowers blooming all around a small wood deck, a perfect colorful stage.

We both feel it’s fitting to have our music paired with the beauty of the Big Island as our first music video.  It brings the Flood Page story full circle.

Tagged: videoFlood PageTroy PageTim FloodHawaiiBig IslandBrant PageEncinitasScenicdidgeridoo musiclarge didgeridooguitarelectric guitarmeditationmeditation musicWaipio ValleyWaimanu ValleyRainbow FallsGreen Sands Beachtime lapsescenic HawaiididgeridooTranquilityFlood Page Music

28th May 2011

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Troy Page Didgeridoo Solo, “Cascade”

This is my first video playing the djembe and didgeridoo at the same time, something I’m still getting used to.  I called this song Cascade because it reminded me of a waterfall, steady but moving and tumbling forward.  

I challenged myself on this video project from the start by tilting the camera on its side, giving the longest width of the image to the vertical space rather then the normal shape of video.  I did this because I knew it would force me to creatively find ways to fill in the blank areas on either side of the video clip. Plus I’d have more resolution to work with when digitally zooming in.

In the editing process I first started experimenting with duplicating & mirroring the original video image.  Once I ran out of ideas for the mirroring effect, I looked to my collection of photos.  Adding colorful Hawaiian nature photographs was just what the video called for.  Worked out perfectly because I happen to be wearing a Aloha shirt the day I shot the performance. 

My friend Tim Flood gave the audio track a good EQ mix and got the levels just right.  I also incorporated a couple Big Island photos that my friends Michael Peters and Kanoa Kimball took.  I’m happy about how this one turned out and I plan on making more videos like it.  Aloha!

Video by: Troy Page

Tagged: videodidgeridoodidgeridoo musicTroy PagedjembeCascadeHawaiiBig Islanddidgeridoo solo

28th May 2011

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Mouthpiece Design

Didgeridoo mouthpiece on the left by Troy Page,

Didgeridoo mouthpiece on the right by William Thoren 

Didgeridoo design and playing styles are relatively new in the west, and it’s exciting for me to be crafting and playing in this era of exploration and refinement.  William Thoren is a talented didgeridoo player, didgeridoo crafter, photographer and inventor of this mouthpiece design.  I’ve adopted this shape after meeting Will and trying out his didgeridoos at InDidjInUs 2010.  

 My mouthpiece design has been evolving slowly since I started crafting them in 2008, but there have been two notable changes that have helped my playing tremendously. 

The first came after I took a workshop with Ondřej Šmejkal, Ondřej describes the importance of a mouthpiece that has minimal contact with your face.  Basically you don’t want to smash your face up against your Didgerdioo to make an airtight seal.   Thinning down my mouthpiece walls gave me freedom of my jaw and around my lips. 

The next big improvement in my mouthpiece design came after meeting Will Thoren. Will uses a larger opening then most didgeridoo crafters, where the largest part of the opening is side to side.  He also uses a concave for the ease of a tight seal against one’s rounded face.  Before I met Will I had already adapted my design to a concave shape but it was Will’s larger oblong opening that has done a lot for my vibrations.

William has developed a playing technique that he calls Drop Octave and Multi Drone.  He’s able to play drone notes with his didgeridoos that are an octave lower than standard drones and several more notes in between.   Although I haven’t yet learned how to play Drop Octave or Multi Drone there has been a flurry of new sounds and a new style emerging in my playing since I’ve adapted his design. 

Thanks to Ondřej and William I’ve taken leaps forward in what’s possible in didgeridoo design.  I’m learning from the best, and I have a long ways to go.

To read more and see videos about the Drop Octave and Multi Drone technique and craft please visit William Thoren’s website:  www.wetdidgeridoo.com

Photos by: Troy Page

Tagged: Ondřej ŠmejkalTroy PageWet DidgeridooWilliam Thorendidgeridoodidgeridoo designdidgeridoo mouthpiecemouthpiecemulti dronedrop octave

28th May 2011

Video


Bing Family Tree - surf video featuring music by Flood Page

Produced by Saltwater Collective, in this video Bing Surfboard team rider Chris Del Moro enjoys riding three new surfboard designs: the Speed Square, the Dharma and the Spork.

It was Chris’s idea to shoot the sunset silhouette which I find visually stunning. Overall I’m happy with the footage, the animations and the art direction.  Most of all I’m happy to have music that I recorded of my friends and I jamming out featured as the video’s soundtrack. 

The first track of music is called “Spaceya” by Flood Page, my buddy Tim Flood on electric guitar and myself on didge.  The second track by Cosmic Teepee is a jam track I recorded in Australia featuring the musicians Dave Rastovich, Howie Cooke, OJ Newcomb, Hilton Dawe and Chris Del Moro.  The third track is a Mellow Tribe original jam called “Aviator Glasses”, recorded here at my home in Cardiff with my friends Nathan Westergren and Nathan McConnell on guitars, Matt Westergren, Daniel Compton and myself on Djembe drums.

As I write this, I notice the total youtube views has exceeded 10,000 today, and it’s only been two weeks since I posted it.  Bing Family Tree is becoming one of the most popular video I’ve edited in a long time. 


"If there was ever a good time to go…."

Chris and I shot this video locally around San Diego during the January/February swells of 2011, and on one of those days, just as we pulled up to the beach a man had died while surfing.  As we walked down to the shore Chris encountered one of his friends who was coming in and she said just before the man died he appeared to be having a lot of fun, catching the longest and best rides of anyone in the water.  Further down the beach we encountered a lifeguard who still had the man’s board and hat.  He asked us if we knew the surfer because they still had not identified the mid-to-late 40 year old who apparently died of a hart attack.  

Chris paddled out and I set my camera up on the rocks above the beach.  A moment later three older men who had just come in from surfing walked down the beach and started talking with the lifeguard.  I watched as the men broke into tears and after the lifeguard left the surfers walked out into the water waist deep.  While holding each-others shoulders they shared a prayer for there late friend.  Everyone on the beach that day kept saying the same thing, “If there was ever a good time to go…”

Bing Family Tree

Produced bySaltwater Collective

Filming, animation and editing by: Troy Page

Artwork by: Chris Del Moro

Additional surf footage by: Rick Starich


Tagged: videoChris Del MoroBing SurfboardsSurfingFlood PageCosmic TeepeeSaltwater CollectiveSpeed SquareDharmaSporkTim FloodTroy PageBing Family TreeCalifornia Surfingdidgeridoo musicBoogie Board SurfboardSmall Surfboardmellow tribe

28th May 2011

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Aussie “Rasta” Didgeridoo

There was solid rock on three sides of me and the lapping sound of ocean waves from the front.  No one on the beach, nothing to distract from my concentration.  I feel centered, I feel alive.  To be all the way down under and not have an experience like this would have been a regret.   

In the spring of 2010 I took a trip to Australia to help my friend Justin Krumb film a couple of projects.  On one of the projects we were working with Dave Rastovich, a professional surfer and marine conservation activist who lives in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Among many other amazing instruments, Dave plays didgeridoo. Rastovich stoked me out by letting me borrow one of his personal didgeridoos for the duration of our nearly three-week stay. Thanks to Dave I was able to continue my daily practice on the road.  So grateful for the generosity and hospitality I received from Rasta and his friendly Ozzie mates.

Shortly after I took these photos I bought a fresh bar of bees wax and re-waxed the mouthpiece nice and clean.  Again, so grateful for the opportunity.

 

Photos by: Troy Page

Tagged: AustraliaByron BayNew South WalesTroy PagedidgeridooDave Rastovich

28th May 2011

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"All Fly Like Eagles" - Healing Vibrations For Japan 

This project came about when my friends Tim Flood and Michael Joseph Ferguson asked me to join them in a concert event they arbitrarily planned for March 19th, 2011 titled “Music For The Planet”. They started preparing for this event months ahead of time and just one week before the concert, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan.  
 
Japan was on every one’s mind but there were also a number of other things happening at the same time.  On the night of our performance, a multi-state coalition led by US, British and French forces started a bombing campaign against the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his army.   Also the night of our show we were experiencing a full moon that happened to be closest to earth since 1992.  I got a glimpse of the moon as it rose over the eastern hills that late afternoon and it was noticeably larger then I had ever seen before.  Plus, March 19th happened to be the eve of the Spring Equinox placing our event on the last hours of winter.  Good night to slow down to songs of positive intention. 
 
This song is an American Indian chant call, “All Fly Like Eagles” and this performance was my first time playing along to this chant.  Pre-show during rehearsal & mic-check, Michael asked me, “Do you have a b-flat didgeridoo?”  My favorite didgeridoo at the time was in the key of b-flat, but I left it at home because b-flat wasn’t going to be used in any of the other songs we planned that night.  Luckily my roommates attended and brought my b-flat didge just before the show started, and we were able to sneak one last song into the mix. “All Fly Like Eagles” became my favorite performance of the event.  I especially liked hearing the audience join in.
 
Our performance was held at a little yoga studio in Del Mar, Bindu Yoga.  The next day a large storm rolled in and my friend Matt and I took a trip back to Del Mar to film the weather. Over the duration of the week- long storm I picked up shots here and there and added them to the video.  
 
Drawing from my experience working for truthout.org, I searched the photo website flickr.com for creative commons photos related to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. (Creative commons photos are photos that have been authorized by the photographs owner, enabling others to legally re-purpose the image {under preset guidelines} without having to pay royalty fees).  Thanks to these photographers contributing to creative commons I was able to add a montage of disaster, rescue and relief images to the video.

 
I hope that my efforts in creating this video leads to more donations towards those Japanese earthquake and tsunami survivors in need.  


Michael Joseph Ferguson - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Tim Flood - electric guitar, backing vocal
Troy Page - didgeridoo
Prem Das - tabla
Jill Jancic - backing vocal

Video Shot & Edited By
Troy Page

Audio Engineer
Tim Flood

Tagged: videodidgeridoodidgeridoo musicJapan PrayerHealing VibrationsMichael Joseph FergusonTim FloodTroy PagePrem DasJill JancicBindu Yoga Studiosong for JapanDel Marguitarelectric guitartablaMusic For The PlanetJapan EarthquakeJapan TsunamiAll Fly Like Eagles