Archive for the 'Unusual Instruments' Category

Dilruba Hacking


One of the nice features of buying cheap, non-“virtuoso” style Indian musical instruments (or any musical instruments, for that matter, but Indian instruments seem to have the biggest low-budget marketshare) is that I don’t feel too terrible “hacking” them.  Yeah, it’d suck if I screwed up my new dilruba, but I paid about $200 for it so it’s not the
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Recording Dhols

This sunday, I made what turned out to be a pretty respectable set of attempts at recording some dhols. Not perfect, but it was certainly a step in the right direction. There’s scant little information on dealing with what is, to most western engineers, a fairly esoteric instrument, and what info there is is mostly british kids making forum posts
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Dhols of Fury

It’s hard not to look kinda bad-assed when playing the dhol. I mean, look at it – traditionally it has brightly-colored tassels hanging from it, and is often played by guys in fluorescent pink silk pyjamas – and yet these same pink-pyjama’ed guys still look like they could take that dagga and swat you like a bug.  I think there’s
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