Carnegie Mellon University composer Reza Vali, a native of Iran, is getting in the instrument building business, so to speak. With Eric Barndollar, Vali is developing a computer-based keyboard with software to reproduce sounds of traditional Persian instruments and Middle Eastern tuning systems. He calls it the Arghonoon and he will give a demonstration 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Studio for Creative Inquiry, Room 111, College of Fine Arts, on the CMU campus. There will also be a performance on the santoor by master Dariush Saghafi.
"Vali's hope is that this technology will allow instruments of any culture and tuning system to be digitally retuned and played along with instruments of any other culture," says a release by CMU.