Located in Kecskemét, 85 km South-East of Budapest, Leskowsky Hangszergyűjtemény (Leskowsky’s Musical Instruments Collection) is Hungary’s largest collection of music instruments. Created by ethnomusicologist Albert Leskowsky, who gave the collection to the City, it was transformed into a museum now spotted in tourist guides. The museum, said to be opened 24/7 on appointment, also hosts regular music concerts. Among its 1,500 items, the collection includes a large array of percussion, as well as traditional folk instruments and bells from Hungary and abroad. There’s a great post on the Museum with pictures and videos on this Russian blog. A man of many resources, Leskowsky also organizes the yearly Kecskemét velocipede rally since 2006 – there’s a photo of Leskowsky beside one of these engines on this Flickr page.
♫ The music on Zene Egy Kiállítás Hangszereire (or Music for the Instruments of an Exhibition) of course relies on the collection’s many treasures, and each track calls for unusual instruments like jew’s harp, sitar, zither, bird calls, frog imitations, toys, hurdy-gurdy, flute, cheap sampler, etc, in addition to guitar, saxophone and percussion. Generally speaking, the DIY style, humor, rhythms and textures recall General Strike’s first cassette, Danger in Paradise, like in the opener, Ősszintetizátor, a nice percussion-driven track with vintage and possibly modified synthesizer.
01 Ősszintetizátor – Prehistorical synthesizer (7:14)
02 Sivatagi lant – Desert lute (4:33)
03 Éjféli haransző – Midnight bells (6:30)
04 Afromagyaros – Afro-Hungarian music (2:15)
05 A pneumatikus gong esete – The case of the pneumatic gongs (5:37)
06 Collection-percussion – Jam session (7:42)
07 Nyenyere mars – Hurdie-gurdie march (3:32)
08 Tengertánc – Hip-hop rap (3:13)
09 Síppal, dobbal, nádi hegedűvel – With whistle, drums and reedpipes (4:47)
10 Részeg tárogatós blues – The drunken tarogatoman blues (3:50)
11 Alternatív zongoragép – Alternative mechanical piano (2:40)
12 Finálé szöghegedűre – Finale for nail violin (1:12)
Total time 53:04
LP released by Origo Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary, date? (approx. 1995–2000)