Timbre Percussion is a Brisbane (Australia) based percussion business founded by drum-maker/chief designer, Ray Turner. With experience in the fine arts and music, predominantly sculpture and percussion respectively, Turner began plying his trade to experimental drums six years ago. From these experiments, a love for the simplicity of the Cajon developed.
For the next three years he researched, experimented and developed a series of box drums each with unique characteristics. The result, Timbre Percussion was born. The business has been operating since 2009 and has a range of three different Cajons (see product page for details).
If you have seen or played a Cajon before you will notice is that Timbre Cajons are all hybrid designs. They were all created to offer people a choice. This choice relates to type of sound, size and portability. Regardless of the size each drum produces a unique sound only available through Timbre percussion and a perfect match can be found for any person of any skill level.
Timbre Percussion operates to a core philosophy. Quality instruments made with individual care and attention. These Cajons have been developed to offer something different to people, to offer different qualities of sound for any individuals taste. And, you know that when you receive your own Timbre Cajon, it has been carefully crafted by the owner, Ray Tuner.
ABOUT THE CAJON
A Cajon is a very simple instrument. A box drum designed to produce percussive tones (essentially a bass and rattle).
Whilst this synopsis is quite basic, it reflects the true nature of what the Cajon represents. Reinforcing this point, the Spanish translation of ‘Cajon’ literally means ‘box’. Even though the Cajon is a simple instrument, it does have its intricacies, for example: type of timber, chamber size, rattle density and durability that all differentiate a quality Cajon from a lesser one.
Any percussionist will tell you how versatile a Cajon is. There are, however, many subtle complexities in playing style that can offer incredibly unique sounds. The most important thing to remember is that the modern Cajon is essentially a box chamber with a snare and any sound variation is possible between bass, rattle and pitch/rim shot. And it is extremely fun!
There are different historical versions regarding the origin of the Cajon but the consensus is that African slaves brought to Peru by the Spanish came up with the box drum concept. Many believe this was as a result of being forbidden to play any traditional instruments. So, improvisation occurred and with the help of crates and banana boxes the descendant of the Cajon was developed.
The 21st century has changed the way a Cajon is being used. Traditionally, it was used in Latin or ethnic percussion, only known to those exposed to these styles. Exposure to mainstream media and the Internet has changed this perception dramatically. With the evolution of the box drum, more and more drummers and percussionists alike have been experimenting and adapting the use of this drum. So in 2011 it is now more difficult to find a genre the Cajon cannot fit.