the mainstream of music at a site devoted to unconventional
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of downloading the same old musical diet of shared songs
from your favourite peer to peer network? They do have
the savour of the forbidden, but sometimes you may crave
a change, and then the place to go is to oddmusic.com
(http://www.oddmusic.com), which bills itself as ``a
source for unique and experimental music, instruments,
players and listeners.''
You know they're not kidding about the oddness when
you see that their first offering is some sound samples
from a 74-minute CD of didgeridoo music played by a
roster of artists that spans the globe, and then read
an introductory note that assures you that ``whether
you play stalagmites in a cave, the kaval, bow telegraph
wires across the Nullarbor Plain, twist electrons by
circuit bending, call whales on a Waterphone, or just
love listening, this site is for you.''
Oddmusic's California-based creator John Pascuzzi inaugurated
the site in 1999 as an offshoot of an online discussion
group on the subject of unconventional music and instruments.
Since then it has grown to become a forum not only for
people who are interested in out-of-the-way sounds,
but also for instrument builders and performers who
want to share their innovations.
The highlight of the website is the ``Oddmusic Gallery'',
a table of well over a hundred rare or unique musical
instruments and sound sources, with most of the listed
items including photos and links to sound samples. Some
of these are folk instruments like the kaval, a rim-blown
flute from the Balkans, others are new inventions inspired
by ethnic ones. The koralimba is a kora-inspired double
sided electric kalimba. Sill others are experimental
creations based entirely on the builder's sonic imagination.
There is also a ``Features Section'' that collects links
to articles and mini-sites devoted to subjects like
``circuit-bent and living instruments.'' If the sounds
and written material on the site arouse your interest,
there is a link to the discussion group.