These samples are all played by Peter Biffin . They are mostly improvisations, recorded with 3 Rhode NT1a microphones (configured as a stereo pair 1 metre away, and one up close). The only processing used was a variable amount of reverb (usually around 1.1 sec)

For those with a slower internet connection, a CD of these samples is available upon request.

Bowed Tarhu samples

This sample combines all of the pieces below into one continuous piece, playing order as listed. 7,461kb 7:57 min

1. Emphasis on harmonic registers, accompanied by large frame drum. 1,312kb 1:23min

2. Free rhythm exploration of upper range. 1,700kb 1:48min

3. Focus on the breathy sound that comes from bowing toward the centre of the string. 1,450kb 1:32min

4. North Indian using low/mid range. 1979kb 2:06min

5. Celtic dance driven sideways - wispy upper register. 708kb 0:45min

6. Free rhythm Turkish. 1,704kb 1:49min

 

Plucked Tarhu samples

This sample combines all of the pieces below into one continuous piece, playing order as listed. 10,741kb 11.28 min

1. Free rhythm North Indian played with a hard plectrum. 1,884kb 2.00min

2. Vaguely related to styles played on the Central Asian Dutar, hard plectrum. 958kb 1.01min

3.Free rhythm Turkish played with a hard plectrum. 1,065kb 1.08min

4. Free rhythm Turkish played with a soft plectrum. 1,068kb 1.08min

5. Indian Bossa Nova played fingerstyle. 1,844kb 1.57min

6. Old time mountain banjo, on the verandah, by the creek. 746kb 0.47min

7. Free rhythm Irish lament. 818kb 0.52min

8. Something like what an Uzbeky tribesman might play after listening to Chuck Berry for awhile. 972kb 1.02min

9. Country Swing played fingerstyle. 1,259kb 1.20min