Gurdypedia

Documenting the curious world of the hurdy-gurdy.

Opto-electronic hurdy-gurdy

Derek Holzer creates noise-making contraption using a hurdy-gurdy like object attached to some painful electronic circuitry.  Don’t think this is going to catch on.  Very arty though.

French 1780’s hurdy-gurdy from the V&A collection.  More here.

French 1780’s hurdy-gurdy from the V&A collection.  More here.

Interesting short video on an organistrum by Pep Massana and Ramon Elias.  It shows a new organistrum system can plays 20 strings with 44 notes.

Hurdy-gurdy gets modern…

Part 5 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made according as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  This part focuses on the repetoir, range and available accidentals.

Part 4 of a series demonstrating this unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This part looks at the string layout for modal music.  This instrument has been developed and made as a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.  

Part 3 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in the style of a medieval type hurdy gurdy by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Part 1 of a series demonstrating a unique hurdy gurdy, the “Aachen”, and explaining its properties. This instrument has been developed and made in a medieval style by Chris Allen and Sabina Kormylo.

Documentary piece on Donald Heller - the hurdy-gurdy man of Boston.

Interview with French hurdy-gurdy player, Alexis Vacher for French channel BIP TV.  From the Printemps de Bourges festival, April 2012.

Vintage Nigel Eaton interview on ‘Take It To The Bridge’ on VH-1, from 1995, talking about the Page Plant tour, and performing ‘Laride’.

Nice photo-diary of the making of a hurdy-gurdy for a school project, with the music of the finished instrument playing in the background.  Very impressive.