Here are some juicy bits on Harry Partch, the composer I discussed in class last night.
This link includes Flash versions of his instruments, so you can play them on your screen. Also a bunch of audio clips in Real Audio format.
There's something very satisfying about seeing him play outside.
His instruments feel so ancient & natural & oceanic to me.
It's like he went down to the beach at low tide, raided Poseidon's toolshed, lashed together bundles of driftwood floating since the days of Atlantis, strung them up with sinewy seaweed, and started banging and twanging away!