Kamancheh is an instrument classified as a fiddle that you can play in a toggle position, push button technique by turning the neck of the instrument in different directions. The shape of the instrument is a parabola. The neck in the form of a rod which pierces the soundboard, where there are four metal strings.


In Iran kamancheh plays a special role since the Islamic revolution in 1979 – and it is seen as a symbol of traditional values, in contrast to commonly known violin. Initially kamancheh's strings were made of silk and in modern versions of the instrument they are made of metal.
The music created and played by kamancheh is usually fast and lively.



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.