Lip-buzzed instruments are trumpets, tubas, hunting horns, etc. that make their sound by pfffting ones lips.
I don’t make very many of these.
Toobad, Boner, Strumpet, Borgesophones 1 & 2 Chilmark 00-03
Toobad Chilmark 01
Reeds may be either single (clarinet, saxophone, etc.) or double (oboe, bassoon. etc.).
I have made lots (scores) of these to obtain different timbres and pitchsets. I consciously chose to make multiple instruments instead of single instruments with multiple functions so that playing them could be more intuitive than reliant on technique and encourage a more “folkmusical” approach generally.
Most of them use Clarinet mouthpieces and few use a Baritone Saxophone mouthpiece or a Soprano Saxophone mouthpiece.
Saxophone was my primary instrument during my late teens and early twenties and I consider reeds the most personal sounding family of instruments –in terms of the waveforms/harmonics they generate they are the closest to those of the human voice and the same instrument will sound fundamentally different when played by a different person. Breath-dependent instruments very naturally tend to bring a more conversational/less mechanical quality to instrumental music, allowing it to be vocal without prompting a listener to expect (and analyze) verbal content.
Some of the reed instruments of anarchestra:
Single Reeds Chilmark-Santa Fe 02-08
Double Reeds Santa Fe-Tucson 05-10
Reeds Chilmark-Santa Fe 01-06
Reeds Tucson 08-10
Reeds (copper and steel) Santa Fe-Tucson 04-08
Low Reeds Chilmark-Santa Fe-Tucson 01-16
Contrabass Coil Tucson 16
DJ Flatus Tucson 12
Not exactly a traditional reed instrument, but . . .
There are three basic categories of wind instruments (edge-toned, reeds, lip-buzzed) based on how their sounds are produced.
Edge-toned refers to flutes, pan-pipes, and ocarinas, all of which produce their sounds in basically the same way as blowing over the edge of a bottle does. Pan-pipes work as sets of single tubes, Ocarinas work as bottles whose volumes of air can be altered by opening and/or closing holes, Flutes work as tubes that can be lengthened or shortened by opening and/or closing holes. The difference between flutes and ocarinas is that on flutes the holes need to be played in order as air will sound only at the shortest length while on ocarinas the effect of opening the holes is cumulative, essentially shrinking the size of the resonant cavity.
I make a lot (scores) of these (flutes in particular) to obtain different timbres, ranges, and modes/tunings. Early on I decided that making multiple instruments with individual qualities was preferable to making fewer, more complex, instruments that required more specialized techniques. My desire is that the “breathing instruments” are as intuitive as possible to play so that the player’s state of mind is closer to singing (wordlessly) than executing a mechanical task.
Some of the edge-toned instruments of anarchestra:
Ocarinas Santa Fe 05
These are made from old school (steel, i.e., pre-plastic) fishnet buoys that my brothers and I found washed ashore on the beach as a boy.
Ocarina Tree Chilmark-Santa Fe 02-06
On the left are four slidewhistles (Furtwangler) , on the right are four ocarinas made from propane tanks, hanging below is a fishnet buoy ocarina. The copper dome functions as a sound collector enabling all the instruments to use a single microphone.
Steel Flutes Chilmark 01-02
Two of these are side blown and two are end blown.
Round Flutes Santa Fe-Tucson 04-09
Square Flutes Tucson 12-15
Fourflusher Tucson 12
This device allows a player to change keys without needing to put down and pick up separate instruments.
Doubleplay Tucson 10
A device which allows one to play two flutes simultaneously.
Copper Panpipes Tucson 10
Steel Panpipes (high) Tucson 10
Steel Panpipes (low) Tucson 10
Slidewhistles Chilmark 03
Slidewhistles are tubes that behave the same way ocarinas do.
Furtwangler Chilmark 02
Four slidewhistles playable simultaneously.
Flutes, Panpipes and Slidewhistles Chilmark-Santa Fe 02-06
Ch’org Tucson 16
A fire organ played with propane torches.
9 ports for activating twenty-seven flutes. Can be ordered to whatever tuning.
Some of the fretted instruments of Anarchestra. Most of the frets are (re)movable.
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.
Lorend 18 Tucson
Three low guitar strings and adjustable frets.
Some of the non-fretted stringed instruments of Anarchestra.
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
Nanbarrow 17 Tucson
17 tunable strings playable clockwise and counterclockwise. They are amplified by two pickups which can be selected or not.
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.
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. Where basok has an A string furth has a D.
Bigur Tucson 17
Two drone strings and two fretted strings.
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.