These wooden blocks were used for the tick-tock
of the Trumpton clock. They are part of a set of four, all looking very
similar, but each one has its own distinctive note. They are roughly the
size of a grapefruit.
This instrument consists of a cylinder
with a series of ridges cut across it, and a light-weight stick which is
rubbed along the side of the cylinder. They are traditionally made of bamboo.
I believe this is called a Kret
- can anybody confirm this?
The sound of Windy's mill turning is made
of five different parts, and in the book "Songs from Camberwick Green"
Freddie describes it as "Rasp Click Ker-bonk Whirr". Listen out for the
sound of the kret above.
Another kret. This one was used for the
sound of Mr Munnings printing press.
Freddie had a collection of hand bells.
One of these may well have been used as the bell on the Trumpton fire engine.
However, it is difficult to work out which one he used as Freddie was an
expert in tape recording effects. By simply speeding up or slowing down
the audio tape and adding some echo or reverb the sound can be greatly
These castanets were used in the music
Mickey Murphy's song. Their sound immitates
an Irish Clog Dance.
Did this alarm clock provide the alarm
at the Trumpton Fire Station ?
Here we have a variety of shakers, including
home-made plastic bottles, full of dried beans, and proper maracas.