WinworldVarious Artists : experimental musical instruments-early years (1985-1992)***
With the 3-monthly journal from Experimental musical instruments there were also tapes with music of the instruments featured in the articles. This CD is a first selection from those tapes. The booklet provides the minimum of essential information for it, with, also interesting updates. Most impressive for me was the underwater guitar by Jim Nollman, with sea mammals responding to it. Also nice to have in here are different kind of glass and crystal instruments, all with their own distinguished sounds. Also a surprise was the pick-behind-the-bridge guitar, by Hans Reichel, who I mentioned in the first compilation on this page before. Most pieces are very much like investigating sounds, from an alternative researcher, inventor's view.
Winworld Various Artists : experimental musical instruments-later years (1993-1999)**°
On this compilation I really liked the sound of the reeded mouthbow, made by Wayland Harman. Where usually a mouthbow's drone effect sounds louder than the harmonic resonance, Wayland's instrument makes more, longer harmonic resonancing effects. Also different and accessible was the classical tune played on a stroh violin, recorded on an original Edison wax cylinder phonograph. Something I always wanted to hear performed convincingly was the so called "DNA tuning", taken from generated frequency patterns for musical scales, based upon light absorption spectra on molecules (by Suzanne Alexjander).
I heard also other interesting "enriched" sounds of commonly known but differently build instruments, like in the nice performance by Richard Cooke on his different kinds of freenotes metallophones, or Deagen's aluminium organ chimes, shaped like the Indonesian angklung. Any musician should also beware of the multi-possibility use of electromagnetic pickups, which are usually used to pick up sounds from guitars for electric guitar sounds, but can of course be used on any self-made instruments. A few examples of this can be heard here too. Really a shame there are no pictures added with this CD, because it would make the release much more valuable and interesting. Luckily people can always order an additional magazine with the respectively full article where any of the recordings refers to. The CD itself is therefore mostly interesting workmaterial for an even further investigation.