Playing the Wood Idiomount

The term “idiomount” refers to the fact that the tines on this instrument are their own mounting (unlike most other lamellaphones in which the keys are attached to a separate mounting). In this wooden-keyed instrument, the keys have been shaped to put the most prominent overtone three octaves above the fundamental. Without this special shaping, that overtone would appear at some odd and unrelated pitch. The instrument happens to be tuned to an exotic scale which has the potential to be quite lovely, but with its deep and somewhat muddy tone quality, the un-obvious pitch relationships don’t always come through clearly.

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