What: Tyler Spencer

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: The Capitol, 190 NW Oregon Ave., Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: thecapitolbend.com or 541-678-5740

If you ask Tyler Spencer, a didgeridoo goes with everything.

The Eugene native, who lives with his family and operates his didgeridoo-building business, Primaltones, in Newport, started playing the traditional Australian woodwind instrument when he was 15. In 2002, he joined Eugene-based jazz quartet Midnight Sun, adding the didgeridoo’s distinct drone to a wide range of standards and original songs. Funk bands, metal bands, a Celtic tribal band and more would follow, culminating in the didgeridoo-harmonica-drumset trio Ruins of Ooah, which has been dormant since 2015.

“That’s always been my mission with didgeridoo, is just to see how I can apply it to many different genres of music,” Spencer said recently while taking a break from building his latest didgeridoo (he’s built more than 3,000 over the last 20-plus years, by his count). “My taste in music is pretty broad. … I started playing didgeridoo a long time ago when it didn’t really have its place in any particular genre. I didn’t really have any guide to how to apply didgeridoo. It was so open that anything was possible with it.”

In recent years, Spencer combined didgeridoo with another early love: electronica. He described his current live show, which he will bring to The Capitol on Friday, as “a fusion of live didgeridoo, vocals and beats inspired by trance, hip hop, EDM and dance music.”

The show is important to Spencer for a few reasons. He lived and operated Primaltones out of Bend for 2½ years — from roughly 2007 to 2010 — and has fond memories of the city and its music scene. Ruins of Ooah played a number of shows here, including its final show at Volcanic Theatre Pub.

“I’m really hoping to play there more often,” Spencer said.

Spencer will also debut material from his first solo album in eight years, tentatively titled “Sonar,” in Bend. On 2011’s “Corridor,” Spencer collaborated with cajon player Shireen Amini, best known for her work with local Latin dance/rock band ¡Chiringa! “Sonar” will reflect Spencer’s more recent, electronic-influenced work, and will also feature vocal songs.

“I’ve been exploring my voice more with this album,” he said. “I’m not promoting myself as a singer, but I’m really trying to explore some different approaches with writing music with this album. I’ll use my voice on some of the tracks as more of a vocal hook to add another layer to the song that can make my music a little more accessible than just straight solo didgeridoo.”

While his solo recordings have been sporadic, Spencer kept busy building instruments, teaching didgeridoo out of his didgeridoo gallery/studio and performing solo shows. He scored some national attention in 2013 when he collaborated with composer Daniel Licht, adding didgeridoo to the soundtrack for some episodes of TV show “Dexter.” He met the composer through a mutual friend, he said.

“(My friend) was personal friends with Daniel Licht, and within the conversation I was having with him, he was like, ‘Here, I’m gonna call him right now,’” Spencer said. “He calls up Daniel just like that, and in five minutes, Daniel invited me to his studio the next day. I played for him and his wife — I just played some acoustic didgeridoo for them — and he really enjoyed it, and he invited me to do some recording with him for the show.”

Spencer discovered didgeridoo — or at least the instrument’s distinct, droning sound — at 15. As he explains in the biography on his website: “Through the serendipity of teenage boredom and a discarded metal tube in my parents’ basement, sea change occurred.”

“I didn’t even know what a didgeridoo was at the time, but I recognized the sound and I liked the way it made me feel,” he said. “I just kept going with it, and a family member actually told me about the instrument and encouraged me to research it and learn more about it. So I did that and started making them for fun and getting some of my other friends into it. I started learning more techniques — circular breathing technique — so I was self-taught.”

In 2004, roughly a decade after he started playing didgeridoo, Spencer visited the northeast region of Australia and studied under Djalu Gurruwiwi. Gurruwiwi is known as a master builder and player of yidaki — a traditional name for the instruments made by the Yolngu people.

“It was an honor to be able to learn from him and spend some time with him,” Spencer said. “… It just increased my respect for the instrument and the origins. As far as crafting technique, I definitely got inspired. It did help my crafting and my understanding of the instrument and what makes a good-sounding didgeridoo.”

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