The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 24, 2010


rebaba, video, mindful of firemuseum records


I traded the strumstick in for a rebaba today - this is a one-string bowed
instrument, used in Syria, Jordan, etc., and by Bedouin; it's found every-
where. The following is an interesting video I found on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2FHHXyXUpk&feature=related

What I did with it is hardly smooth:

http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/modern1.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/modern2.mp3
http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/modern3.mp3

When the bridge is replaced, the instrument will sound great; in the
meantime, the three pieces above are really interesting to me.

There's also one last recording from Pennsylvania:

http://www.alansondheim.org/pa.mp4 - rough, but enjoy anyway.

the new modern1.mp3

forget the old modern1.mp3, modern2.mp3, modern3.mp3, terrible
here's the new modern1.mp3, modified by hiss reduction, excellent

so this is new - http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/modern1.mp3

i'm losing it. i've played other 1-string instruments before, quite well,
but not the monochord or marine trumpet. this rebabah with its internal
resonances feeding back? impossible - hiss reduction takes care of that.
whatever it takes to make the sound, asence, asense.

and the old modern1.mp3, modern2.mp3, modern3.mp3, all gone, apologies
for your damaged ears. :-(

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