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~ Armando being introduced to a Tongue Drum.

So, I’m on a 6-train heading downtown and this panhandler began to recite some sort of poem for people that had headphones on. I didn’t really pay attention to his act until this other person that was sitting across from me revealed an instrument that resembled a miniature steel-drum but was combined with a xylophone, ( hard to picture but it kinda sounded like one too! ). As the character recites his words, the drummer gently tapped this object and the most euphonic sounds sang to my ears and I swear, it brought joy to my heart. The fifteen second performance left me mesmerized because of the soothing metallic audio but also left me puzzled considering it produced a random soliloquy. I even gave the “poor poet” a few bucks as he passed by me but once the train stopped, the individual (who was playing this instrument in front of me), almost vanished off the train. I truly thought they were in it together and was part of a some sort of obscure performing group (You’ll see ANYTHING on a NYC subway). Luckily, it was my stop as well and when I made it out the platform, I approached this mysterious person with the mystifying object and asked him what was that all about without fainting from excitement. He replied in a raspy voice that it was a tongue-drum and was amazed that I’ve never seen one before. What rock do I live under?


When I made it back to my place, I looked up this instrument and found out what its uses were (I almost bought one too) and basically learned that physics along with mathematics deal with sound purity. The frequencies of a main tone and it’s overtones perfectly correlate with each other, which consists in the correct proportions of 1:2:3:4: 5, etc. (Good thing I was a percussionist in grade school..) That is when their sound waves will beautifully and harmoniously merge into a single mellow tone, complementing each other (hence the soliloquy). The “mellowness” is formed by the number of overtones and the tone quality is formed by the balance in the sound volume ratio of all overtones. I know this sounds a bit confusing but if just hear on youtube, all what I said would make more sense.

From listening for a moment and in my opinion, it resembles music that is promotes relaxation and meditation which reminded me that I need both. : )

Let me know if you get a Tongue-Drum!


Armando Nin reporting for Serving The People

~ Armando Nin & the “Sham-Shows”.. frame #1

Today I woke up in odd mood and decided to release one image from my “Sham-Show” collection. None of these copies ever touched the internet. There are a total of six endorsements that are more humorous than the last and I’ll feature on STP every so often, with more context perhaps (even though its self explanatory). Each were a public announcement that I considered as a hoax but the undertaking was evident. Each bulletin was commercially exhibited near each gallery/institution and received no true consequence.

~ Armando Visits art. #1

As you know, I systematically drop in museums and art galleries in New York City. It’s very entertaining and also, in some way, I get to imitate the act of “falling in love”.

In the past, There has been countless times where I didn’t enjoy the work but I went with intentions are to sit with and appreciate the art. At this moment, these are my recent visits and favorites (in no particular order) in the lower Manhattan area:

Ryan Foerster at Martos Gallery
Jane Dickson at James Fuentes
Lukas Quietzszch at Ramiken
Jake Manning at TIf Sigfrids
David Worjarowicz at P.P.O.W
Nora Torato at 52 Walker
Mary Manning at Canada
Emily Weiner at Brackett Creek Exhibitions

I will be visiting more galleries in the next few days and will keep you all in the loop!

Hope to see you at an opening! Thanks!