Some of the fretted instruments of Anarchestra. Most of the frets are (re)movable.
stopped strings playlist on youtube
Pedlar Chilmark 01
Six strings stroked or hit with four footpedals to alter pitch.
Bosco Chilmark 01-03
A three stringed fretted neck and a two stringed unfretted neck sharing a resonator.
Dubass Chilmark 01
Pitch controlled by pedal operated frets.
Basuka Chilmark 02
A three stringed bass.
Quesera Santa Fe 05
who evolved into
Spike Tucson 09
Twobe Tucson 08
Two stringed bass.
Horzba Tucson 08
Six string bass shown with two frets.
Horzba (2) Tucson 14
With changed frets.
Prout Tucson 08
Three pairs of strings sounded by levered fret mechanism.
Seegar Tucson 08
Two drone strings and a fretted playing string.
Digger Tucson 09
Two drone strings, two fretted playing strings.
Venus Tucson 10
Two stringed (usually) bowed instrument.
Bows Tucson 09-10
Augie and Dim Tucson 10
Angie with three strings, Dim with four.
Dovertue Tucson 13
Bang-O Tucson 14
Lil D Tucson 14
Unstyungo Tucson 16
One drone string, one variable by roller string.
Gorstra Tucson 16
Three long strings, fretted or hammered-on by six movable spring-action frets.
Some of the non-fretted stringed instruments of Anarchestra.
stopped strings playlist on youtube
La Bas Chilmark 00
Mickey One Chilmark 03 and McKeytoo Santa Fe 04
Single stringed (usually) bowed instruments played with slides.
Banderslide Santa Fe 05 (fr) and Phorques Chilmark 03
The strings on these are bandsaw blades.
Basicable Santa Fe 04
The strings are braided wire rope.
Monte Santa Fe 05
Built by Myles Thurlow
Oo-ee-ood Santa Fe 06
Two Sly for One Santa Fe 04-06
Three instruments sharing one stand.
Rollers and slides Santa Fe 04
Retardog Tucson 09-11
P-Wreck Tucson 11
Eleven strings played with two slides.
B-Dex Tucson 12
Three strings played with bow and slide. Four sympathetic strings.
Ernestone Tucson 12
Even though this has frets (since removed), it is played with a slide.
Bastid Tucson 14
Haramzadi Tucson 17
I call these hurdy-gurdies because they are stringed instruments played by wheels (thus producing a continuous sound) and nobody seems to have given such instruments a generic name.
playlist of anarchestra hurdy-gurdies on youtube
Some of the wheel-played instruments of Anarchestra.
Wheely-Wheely Chilmark 03
This wheel is covered with felt and plays a single string.
Bite My Crank Santa Fe 04
The uncoated aluminum wheel plays two strings, whose pitches can be altered by the two small pulleys hanging at the right.
Gurd Santa Fe 06
Four aluminum wheels driven by bike pedals play eight strings, four of which are played by a slide.
The aluminum wheeled instruments tended to screech.
Basok Tucson 10
One day Kino School shop-teacher Ed Davis brought his class to visit. One of the students asked what a crank and shaft arrangement was for and I told him it was for a hurdy-gurdy. He asked Ed what a hudry-gurdy was and Ed answered that it was a stringed instrument played by a leather wheel. I had read everything I could find on hurdy-gurdies and had never come across anyone using leather (traditional hurdy-gurdies have wooden wheels). Ed’s innate mechanical common sense prompted me to try leather for my wheels and I have been using it ever since. Basok was the first of these. It plays a single string and has a set of adjustable keys to effect the pitch.
Gurdiad Tucson 11
A leather wheel driven by a for pedal with two strings played by sets of keys.
Turd Tucson 11
Similar to Gurdiad, but with fretted neck.
Furth Tucson 12
Similar to Basok but with a fretted neck.
Most of the common stringed instruments of the westworld are stopped-stringed, meaning that one hand controls the pitch (with or without frets) and the other hand excites them.
The open-stringed group consists or what are called harps, zithers, dulcimers, etc. They are far more common in non-euroamerican parts of the world. They offer opportunities to play with one hand and without the clenched fist required to play instruments with necks. In addition they aren’t predisposed to right handed people. They can be strummed, plucked, or struck and so tend to offer a variety of approaches and usages.
Some of these can seen played and yacked about on youtube
Some of the open-stringed instruments of anarchestra.
Harp Chilmark 02
Pharo Santa Fe 03
Gurney Santa Fe 05
Trizome Santa Fe 06
This was builtd in collaboration with Gaspard Cabanes.
King Lyre Santa Fe 06
Hendecq Tucson 10
Dron Tucson 11
Fumious Tucson 11
These strings are bandsaw blades
Cuth Tucson 12
Wound piano strings with a satellite dish resonator.
Ena Tucson 12
This has banks of three strings tuned to approximately the same pitch which gives each a ‘detuned’ sound (similar to that heard in gamelan music or from chorus pedals).
Farp Tucson 14
Four harps that can be tuned to whatever function requires and played by up to four players at once. When a single player is playing a single harp the remaining three act as sympathetic strings.
Gurnagin Tucson 14
Regur Tucson 14
Stigo Tucson 15
Dyadolce Tucson 15
Paired strings (that play dyads) with adjustable bridges.
The building of it can be seen on youtube.