How does the bowed psaltery fit into the broader musical landscape? We know it does well with hymms and traditional music, American and Celtic. What about pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, new age, world?
If you have some thoughts about bowed psaltery and how it can work with genres outside of the traditional, please post about it! Any examples to share?
There's some interesting related stuff in the "amps with psalteries" thread, although it's mostly performance oriented. For example, while there's' some discussion of pickups, you'll certainly want to use mics for recording.
Seems like recording would be a fine topic to start another thread on. There are several of us here that perform and record, and a few that are checking out electronic gizmos, gadgets, and geeky techniques. I was gonna suggest that you do that, but why bother yapping about it when it's just as easily done, eh. So here's a thread dedicated to recording with psalteries.
Well, I'm still finding my way with recording techniques - I have found the tone that sounds most similar to how my ears perceive it is by using a "beercap" piezo pickup (http://www.theguitarfiles.com/product_id-1303.html) which is not expensive. It has the drawback of being very sensitive to handling noise so I'd advise putting your psaltery on a stand to play rather than holding it if you are recording with one of these. It seems to pick up some of the lower frequencies that get lost a bit with microphones that I have used (though I will say that I own a couple of mikes I have yet to try with the psaltery which might give much better results still.)
As for FX, I'd say it's just a matter of preference! Also if you're in the studio you will have better EQ options than I have recording in my house - should be easy to make it sound marvellous :) Steer clear of distortion and overdrive though as the continuing resonance of the strings generally makes a hideous mess of any intervals other than fifths!
Beautiful work! It will take me a while to listen to all of it. Very complex and lots of detail. I think headphones are a must.
When do you think you will add Twelve Uses to your site? I'm curious to hear the psaltery.
Thanks. I'm glad you like it.
I'm listening to part one of Twevle Uses again at the moment, and I think I'll try mixing it in the next couple of days if I can find time.
If that works I'll put it on the website. I think it probably will, but I may decide to re-do parts of it. The psaltery is mixed in with other stuff, but should be clear enough.
I'm looking forward to it, but don't rush!