"Instrument carpenter" Ben Hume makes music on instruments he crafts himself, and his work encompasses over 20 countries around the globe. He is also the leading authority on the evolution of musical instruments before the year 1200. As an instructor, his students are master craftsmen and adept "trance healing musicians," trained in principles of healing music traditions as ancient and widespread as Central Asian Shamanism, Sufism, and Native American spiritual practices. On this episode of New Sounds we get a taste of Hume's CD "Fula Flute," and much more.

PROGRAM #2046 Handmade Music (First aired on 6/12/02)





Fula Flute, featuring Bailo Bah

Fula Flute

Wali [6:00]

Blue Monster #002

Kronos Quartet w/ Carlos Garcia


Alberto Dominguez, arr. S. Prutsman: Perfidia [3:00]

Nonesuch 79649**,*
OR available for purchase at*

Ben Hume & ensemble (Tajik woman's dotar; gourds; single horse-hair fiddle; ektar)

Live in Studio

Instrument Demos [10:00]
Trance Music [6:00]

This particular performance not commercially available. More info about Ben Hume at

Frank Mehlin

Heather Winds

Heatherwind [9:00]

Projekt Kleine Fluchten
Available on Or write to Dietmar Junginger, Schwarzwaldstrasse 21, 79199 Kirchzarten, Deutschland

R. Carlos Nakai

Sundance Season

White Shell Dreams [5:00]

Celestial Harmonies #13024

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