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I love this because it’s so completely at odds with stereotypes of “medieval” technology. It’s actually kind of over-complicated compared to many later instruments, in terms of the mechanisms.
Hunh. I’ve read about hurdy-gurdys, but never actually seen one, much less heard on in play. Neat!
I have heard these play in recordings (mostly in the backgrounds of history documentaries) but never knew what the instrument was. Nifty!
The sound actually reminds me a lot of a bagpipe, but strings rather than wind, of course.
This is fucking cool.
This was my first exposure to a hurdy-gurdy (and this one is quite a lot simpler), and this guy is playing a Russian folk tune. Definitely give it a listen – I bought the song on iTunes years ago and still listen to it once in a while!
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