Villepastour also explains that some instruments in the Africa and the Middle East galleries, such as those acquired from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have never been seen publicly. Other items in the collection include sound-producing devices made from recycled items, such as tin cans, FedEx overnight packaging, and spider-egg casings.

Another cool thing is that, as time passes, the instruments, rather than just sitting there on the walls for years, will be updated and rotated. That will require more in-the-field collecting from Villepastour, her curatorial colleagues, and consultants.

World of sound: The star harp fuses harp, guitar, marimbula, and square-frame drum into one instrument.
World of sound: The star harp fuses harp, guitar, marimbula, and square-frame drum into one instrument.

Hopefully the yet-to-be-blood-hounded items won't be to die for.

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