What the Hell Is Going on With This Electric Hurdy Gurdy?

This is Colossal continues to be an endless resource of completely bonkers instruments. Fine, and electric hurdy gurdy is no Yabahar, but I’m still kind of amazed by the sounds coming out of this thing. Looper aside (wait for it: the real looping insanity doesn’t begin until about 2 minutes in or so), it seems like there’s some distortion and filter effects applied. But that’s the cool thing about instruments that you’ve never heard before: it’s hard to be positive about what’s the natural sound of the hurdy gurdy and what’s post-processing without any context.

Thoughts? I think I kind of really want one of these. What do you think the odds are that I can get one cheap in a last minute Sweetwater sale?

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.