A stringed instrument, aptly named gadulka, comes from Bulgaria. It consists of the soundboard sculpted from a single piece of wood, covered with one board, rather short and fretless neck, three major metal strings and ten resonating bourdon strings.


Gadulka is one of the most popular string instruments in Bulgaria, especially in the valleys of Thrace. Its body was created from one piece of wood, usually maple, which has a very high quality of sound. 3 main metal strings are placed on the sounding board over the bridge, called "donkey."You can play gadulka with the bow made of horsehair.

One of the most famous virtuosos (gadulka players)is a Bulgarian musician, Yordan Vassilev, known as a one of the greatest masters of the traditional musical instruments' play and the  conductor of Thrace orchestra.

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The instruments recorded in the project come from museum of sound with more than 80 thousand object collections from the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. Together with museum staff we have chosen 23 instruments guided by the following principles – they should be definitely folk, unusual, derived from the old times, Polish and coming from different cultural backgrounds, also exotic like e.g. Asian.

Recording a full range of tone of 23 instruments - tonal and sonic scale lasted several days. Thanks to the recordings - sound banks were created and have been used in the project in two ways. The first way was based on motion-sensitive controllers which created new practical instrumentarium for use during the workshops and animation activities. The second way was placing recorded sounds on the website for promotion of the idea of the project and gathering a great number of recipients.

All instruments were also photographed and described which enabled creating of publicly accessible compendium of information about them.