Mob Didgeridoo is a collective of didgeridoo crafters in Southern California focused on exploring and evolving contemporary didgeridoo design with Multidrone mouthpieces.
The group was started by William Thoren of WET Didgeridoo in 2011, as a platform to further develop the “multidrone” didgeridoo. Will says “ I always wanted to create an environment where I could be pushed and inspired by other crafters. Over the years I’ve learned so much from the west coast didgeridoo community. We have a symbiotic relationship where our crafting processes have influenced one another and evolved together. I wanted that sort of co-evolution to be accelerated under one roof, so we could create something beyond what we could accomplish as individuals. That’s what we have been able to establish with the Mob collective.”
The Mob consists of an eclectic group of didgeridoo crafters, didgeridoo performers, artists and musicians mostly based in Southern California. Experienced crafters from further regions collaborate as well to make unique instruments that combine the multidrone-focused Mob’s style with these crafters own unique instrument preferences. Examples of some of these kind of collaborators are Chad Butler, Myke Gomezmaicas, Dan Flynn, Geoff Frost, Lewis Burns and Julien Doutaz. Mob crafters and visual artists past and present include William Thoren, William MacGavin, Karen Martinez, Chris Barker, Trafiel Lewis, Dylan Dudley, Donald Fisher, Hunter Forrest, Ryan Haines, Matt Grosswendt (aka Moltron), and Shaun Fleming.
The Bamboo Multidrone concept is what transformed Mob from a vision into a reality. This is because the process required to make them is very difficult on a small scale and requires a team to accomplish. Mob has expanded from it’s bamboo roots to include wood, and a mix of wood/bamboo hybrid multidrones. Most recently the new Nomad didgeridoo designs have been the main focus of the Mob.
These two, three or four piece instruments with tuning slides fit inside themselves like Russian dolls. The three and four piece designs are made to have a tunable relationship between the first trumpet and the drone. This provides a dynamic tuning that pushes what is possible for didgeridoo used in contemporary music.
I believe they are some of the best didges in the world for contemporary playing. I’ve been keeping many for my own personal recording and performing, even replacing favored wood didges I have played for years. We are constantly exploring new materials and designs. Together we can test as a group, and explore didge crafting and ways that really push boundaries. Even though multidrone is a very new concept and we have had to create the demand for it, we have gotten enough support to make it all work and continue to grow. We are hugely grateful for the support the didgeridoo community has given us to make this dream a reality. – William Thoren