I made the decision not to go Winter NAMM this year and am now regretting it. Not because of anything the big boys have announced (with the notable exception of Moog’s Sub Phatty) but because I will miss out on the chance to try out Antiquity Music‘s Wheelharp. This unique keyboard instrument controls sixty-one actual bowed strings arranged in a full chromatic scale complete with expression pedals and steampunk looks.

And it sounds bloody awesome:

After about 4 months of trial and error, I have found this group of songs to be particularly adept at soothing a distressed infant:

Prophecy Theme – Brian Eno
This Lullaby – Queens Of The Stone Age
U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, A, B, Select, Start – Deftones
The Holy Filament – Mr. Bungle
All Is Full Of Love РBjörk
Down In the Park – Gary Numan
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
The Nurse Who Loved Me – A Perfect Circle
Beautiful Drug (feat. Jana Andevska) – Thievery Corporation
HeavenScent* – Wendy Carlos
Picture In A Frame – Tom Waits
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell – The Flaming Lips
The Chauffeur – Duran Duran

*Not surprisingly I was unable find a YouTube video for this track. However I did manage to unearth a picture of the controller that was built specifically for performing and recording this song.

Wendy Carlos rocks!

Wendy Carlos rocks.