|I am getting back into throwing on the wheel again after rather a long time away from my studio so these are practice really in the form of 1 kg pots, each one made from the same weight of clay.|
I continue to get a huge amount of pleasure from listening to music. YouTube has been a real asset of late. There are some really exciting, and weird, musical instruments out there too! I like to track down some of the stranger looking ones. It is fun finding ancient instruments with three necks, or violin-like things with keys to press instead of pressing the strings directly. I am currently in love with the baroque Lute and the hurdy gurdy.
Hurdy-gurdy concert by virtuoso players Patrick Bouffard and Gilles Chabenat
Above should be links to music played on the hurdy gurdy. The hurdy gurdy is a stringed instrument, and the sound is made by a wheel turning on the strings, a bit like a mechanical violin, with the wheel replacing the violin bow. The instrument has several drone strings that make it sound a bit like the bagpipes, and the melody is played by pressing wooden keys which activate a simple mechanism for pressing on the melody strings to change the pitch of the note.
It is fascinating to do a search and to listen to a large selection of pieces for the hurdy gurdy, there are so many musical styles and interesting sounds.
Sorry to those of you who's blogs I usually visit and sometimes leave comments on... I've been rather neglecting everyone of late. I will return!!