|Friday, March 18th, 2011|
My experimental track Dubstep combining in, the Jew's-harp + a few choral singing and Goethe's verses
|Friday, December 10th, 2010|
Not spectacular playing, but how often do you hear the jaw harp in '60s garage rock?
|Thursday, March 4th, 2010|
|Saturday, January 23rd, 2010|
|Thursday, September 3rd, 2009|
A few of my instruments
The Szilagyi Black Fire in G. A pleasure to play, nice strong fundamental and good loud harmonics. Very, very responsive and excellent for melodic playing.
Probably Smith Brothers, based on my research. From here
: The most important American makers of trumps were the two Smith brothers of Rensselaer, New York. Their first products, in about the 1920s and 1930s, were of cast iron. But in about the late 1930s, they changed to making the frames of a rolled wire, probably in imitation of the Molln makers, who had recently adopted the same technique.
So most likely one of their earlier ones, as the frame is definitely not rolled wire. Another good instrument; more percussive than the Szilagyi but good strong harmonics. Untuned but somewhere in the general area of F#.
This one looks cool but as is plainly visible the gap between the tongue and the frame is enormous, making it essentially useless for anything other than rhythm.
A bamboo instrument with brass ornamentation, from the Philippines. Very droney sound, almost reminiscent of a digeridoo at times.
|Tuesday, September 1st, 2009|
|Wednesday, August 26th, 2009|
|Tuesday, August 25th, 2009|
|Friday, August 21st, 2009|
|Tuesday, April 28th, 2009|
If you've been looking for a community in which you can post videos of classical Indian music, check out mehfil
. And spread the word!
|Monday, December 29th, 2008|
My family knows that I collect mouth resonator instruments. This Christmas, I got a Chinese kou xiang, brass, a quadruple one. It's, well, different. You have to hold your mouth open wide to play all four, more than feels comfortable to me. I have to use four fingers to plauck, one for each, otherwise they don't all sound. And it tends to catch facial hair when played.
It's rather quiet, and the sound is kind of psychedelic.
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
Twang twang twang
Austrian musician Wolfdietrich Jancha at the 2008 Munnharpe festival in Oslo:
(also posted to my own journal.)
|Tuesday, April 29th, 2008|
This is one of the all-too-rare Youtube carnatic clips where the morsing isn't buried way back in the mix.
Thrikkodithanam Sajithkumar, "Parannu Parranu:"
And the guy playing the ghatam looks like one of my coworkers.
|Sunday, March 16th, 2008|
I got to sit and play with some Danish musicians this afternoon. These two ladies are touring in the Midwest. They had nothing scheduled today, so someone arranged a performance. Word was, bring instruments in case there's soem jamming. Well, I had my octave mandolin, but on a couple of tunes I pulled out my Gohring G. Both of thes gals were delighted with it. Fun for me, too. I've never played Danish music, before.
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2008|
|Monday, December 17th, 2007|
|Tuesday, June 19th, 2007|
I finally ordered one, and it arrived today. It's a Swedish Auris. This thing is loads of fun, but I need an earplug for my right ear; the fipple hole points right at it.
|Saturday, June 2nd, 2007|
|Saturday, February 3rd, 2007|
My latest acquisition just arrived -- one of Bill Gohring's harps. It's small beauty in E. I needed an E. I have friend who plays Hardanger fiddle, and she plays in E. This should go with that nicely.
|Friday, December 8th, 2006|
Finding this community has made me very happy! Almost two years ago I got myself a dan moi at a local folk festival. I'm not a particularly good player or anything I just randomly twang along in ways that sound good to me. I love it. At some point I hope to get much better at playing. If anyoen has suggestions for recordings of dan moi playing I should listen to I'd appreciate it.
Anyway, I don't really have much mroe to say by way of an intro.