Paul Reisler wrote: > ...Something very satisfying about getting new sounds from acoustic >sources. i agree. over at the chain-tape collective, we just finished a compilation of all acoustically-sourced material. this was a very refreshing change from the more typical *throw-every-piece-of-electronics-into-the-signal-path* approach, and i think a few new sounds were created in the process... > One of my neighbors is the new conductor of the New York Philharmonic. > another neighbor who is also a composer was going on and on to Maazel >about > how he could make all these sounds on his computer indicating he could > make sounds the orchestra couldn't. Maazel looked right at the guy and > said "Give me a great orchestra and I can make any sound. period. That > stuck with me. > > I have also fooled with the bowed psaltery that Rick mentioned. I made > some of them in the early 80's for a woman in my band, trapezoid, who > played it. it's on a number of our albums from the 80's. very haunting > and somewhat irritating. used to call it the "bowed assaultry." > > all of these sounds are great with looping, creating interesting textures > without having to resort to the easy way--the dreaded synth. > very cool thread. i'll have to try this on the zither i've got sitting at home...final thought: every *instrument* has latent creative potential (even synthesizers:-); it's up to the musician to realize them, imo. lance g.