chink-chink of a high hat [hi-hat]


Brazilian Portuguese

What does " buoyed by the chink-chink of a big hat" mean in the following?

"I made my way through the darkened woods to the indistinct rumble of live music, the pulse of Mike's bass buoyed by the chink-chink of a high hat, an organ fill and cloudy vocals."

Thanks a lot!
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    From Wikipedia: Hi-hat:
    A hi-hat, or hihat, is a type of cymbal and stand used as a typical part of a drum kit by percussionists in R&B, hip-hop, disco, jazz, metal, rock and roll, house, reggae and other forms of contemporary popular music. It is a standard part of the modern drum kit. The hi-hat consists of two cymbals that are mounted on a stand, one on top of the other, and a pedal which can be used to clash and hold the cymbals together.

    There are photos and much more information on that link.

    To me, "the pulse of Mike's bass buoyed by the chink-chink of a high hat" says the beat of Mike's bass was carried along by the chink-chink sound of a hi-hat.

    As a note, you have confused the issue by using "big hat" in your subject line for the "high hat" in your message. :)
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