Melbourne-based musicians Henry and Jack Madin have launched Hundo Instruments, a range of electronic percussion instruments handmade from Tasmanian oak with a modernist aesthetic.
“We’re both musicians, and we’re always looking for simple tools to make our processes easier and more fun. I started making instruments because I couldn’t find what I wanted in music stores,” says Henry Madin.
Hundo Basic, the duo’s first release, is a tidy and angular electronic drum-pad which plugs into laptops and tablets to allow its users to play the drums, chords and sound effects. The instrument uses four simple MIDI triggers, which can be played consecutively and in sequence, though not in unison.
Hundo Marimba is an idiophone created with a stripped-back shape and uniform design allowing the order of notes to be easily moved and reconfigured. Though the standard design features room for nine of the ten notes supplied (F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A), Hundo offers the production of custom sets of bars on request.
Both of the current offerings are crafted by hand out of Tasmanian oak for the percussive sections and pine for the bases. They each come with a pair of Hundo Mallets, designed specifically for wooden percussion.
The Hundo brand was formulated by the brothers, collaborating with photographer Elise Grace and stylist Nat Turnbull of Witu, maintaining a distinctively minimalist fleshy palette throughout. Henry Madin also produces large-scale instrumental installations, having graduated from Australian university RMIT with a Bachelor of Fine Art.
“Hundo Instruments is an outlet that we can use to create things that we have always wanted but don’t exist yet,” says Henry Madin.