Experimental Musical Instruments
>Experimental Musical Instruments is an organization devoted to unusual musical sound sources. For many years our leading activity was the production of a quarterly journal devoted to the subject. It looked at acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments of all kinds — the more inventive, the more thought-provoking, the more sonorously distinctive or appealing, the better. Over the years we became increasingly involved in producing other sorts of materials relating to musical instruments, including books, CDs, cassettes and so forth. In 1999 we published what we decided would be the last issue of the journal. Since then we’ve continued with a variety of instrument-related activities, including the production of new books and CDs. The back issues of the magazine, along with most of the other materials we’ve produced in our 20 years in business, remain available here at this web site.
The musical instruments that we’ve covered over the years include newly created instruments, as well as interesting and unusual traditional and historic instruments. Instruments designed for a conventional approach to music have appeared in our pages, as well as those that look to new musical forms. We’ve looked at things made of wood, metal, strings, membranes, air, water, and whatever other resources an imaginative builder might employ. The emphasis has been on acoustic or electro-acoustic instruments rather than computers and synthesizers, but not dogmatically so.
Our books and journals include who’s-doing-what information that will allow you to find your way to some truly fascinating instruments, makers, and music. They also include information that will allow you to make instruments of your own. We’ve always reflected a special interest in home-buildable instruments, and the idea that all kinds of people, from first-timers to experts, can enjoy the craft of creative musical instrument design and construction.