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Review: From the pages of Experimental Musical Instruments, Volume 1

Review: From the pages of Experimental Musical Instruments, Volume I

Experimental Musical Instruments

Out of print

Originally published in American Lutherie #9, 1987 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000

Ever wonder what it would sound like if the wind blew through 19' stainless-steel bands attached to your roof? If so, you are the kind of person to relish this intriguing and enlightening little effort from the different drummers over at Experimental Musical Instruments magazine.

The wind instruments on the compilation provide the most “musical” (accessible) selections while the percussion instruments provide the sort of material that goes well on art-film soundtracks. Of particular value to luthiers are the four tracks which feature strange and wonderful string instruments.

The Puget Sound Wind Harp is hybrid of an aeolian harp and a small house. The wind plays upon the 3/8" steel ribbons to make sounds of a predictably low frequency. The tape gives a hint of what must be a sort of tooth-rattling “om.”

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