What Is A Chiminea
A chiminea is conventionally made from clay and used for indoor cooking. The traditional design can be traced back to Mexico and Spain. Around 400 years ago was the first traditional use of the chiminea. Once a daily essential being positioned in the centre of a room or hut for heating and cooking purposes. The concept behind the chiminea is that air is drawn in through the hole in the belly and smoke is blown out through the chimney.
What It Sounds Like
The chiminea we have recorded here is a custom made version that resides in the garden as a heating and burning tool. The bottom section is made from a beer keg and the spout is constructed from steel. This makes for an awesome sound. No matter where you hit the chiminea sound spills out of the chimney in a unique fashion. We recorded the chiminea using a nylon mallet, in order to create a low tone with as little impactive hit as possible. Later whilst using this sound in film scores we will tune the samples down an octave or two. Thus creating a tonal sound used for reverse sweeps and low frequency layers.
In the demo below we have reversed and tuned the recording down by one and two octaves. This is to showcase how a sound like this can recorded and reprocessed to create a different sound all together.