The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


Afghani toy/miniature Rubab

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http://www.alansondheim.org/fuguestate1.mp3 bowed
http://www.alansondheim.org/fuguestate2.mp3 plucked

The instrument, toy or tourist or ornament or miniature,
is set up with seven strings, including two drones. Very
small, very high-pitched, incessant, crossing-over,
again, the range of my tinnitus; the mp3 cut off sound
above 16k or so. Difficult to play because of its size
and string-spacing. Flat black, probably shoe-polish,
with some sort of plastic/mother-of-pearl inlay. While
playing I kept thinking of 'pushing onward,' repetition,
deserts, rocks, oral chants. Enjoy.

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