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Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments
Various Artists
Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Gravikords, Whirlies and Pyrophones is a book-and-CD package devoted to new and unheard-of musical instruments. The book, written by Bart Hopkin with an introduction by Tom Waits, is full of irresistible photographs and in...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ellipsis Arts
Original Release Date: 9/15/1998
Release Date: 9/15/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 052296363024

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Gravikords, Whirlies and Pyrophones is a book-and-CD package devoted to new and unheard-of musical instruments. The book, written by Bart Hopkin with an introduction by Tom Waits, is full of irresistible photographs and informative text; the CD is full of great music; every page and every track overflow with ideas and originality. Nineteen of the world?s most interesting and inventive musical instrument makers appear. For more on just what's included here, see the "artist bios" section and the track listing below. [NOTE: this is the abridged re-release of the earlier boxed set of the same title.This abridged version includes everything form the original CD plus one more track. The book, however, is in a smaller format, and while the book in the original version contained sections on all the artists on the CD plus many more, the book in this newer! release covers the artists from the CD only.)

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Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 01/30/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a book and CD set. The book is about people who have made "experimental musical instruments". There are two or three pages of text and pictures about each person and their instruments. Interesting stuff, but to really get a feel for the instruments, you would need to hear them. And that is where the CD comes in. Unfortunately, less than half of the instruments in the book are featured on the CD. But it is interesting to hear the ones that are featured. These aren't just random sounds played on the instruments, these are actual musical compositions. Some of the instruments sound quite beautiful and some do not. One instrument in particular (I won't mention it's name) sounds like someone strangling a cat. But if you are interested in outsider music, this is a must get for you."