Aroud the World in Eighty Instruments

by Matteo Bosi

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Around the World in Eighty Instruments

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I collect music instruments since 2001, when I went to India for the first time during my PhD. The very first traditional instrument I purchased was a sitar: it has a wonderful sound and immediately reminds of distant cultures and places. Just a few notes are sufficient to depict a distant country...

During the following years I had the occasion to visit many countries, both for work and for leisure. Each time, when I got in touch with a different culture with its own musical traditions, I have tried to find some very typical musical instrument. So, during my travels and over the years, I collected a lot of instruments: several of them have are very ethnic and have their own story about how I found them and how I purchased them. You can read some fun notes following the songs and the links you will find in these pages. My general idea was to collect somewhat cheap and "odd" instruments, that I can maybe use in my productions to give a distinct sound and a particular colour. I also built a couple of instruments following some idea I have in mind. But I also have a lot of other "standard" instruments purchased in Italy at flea markets and in shops. Some others are part of my life and of my "musical history".

I began to these instruments in my songs and one day, in 2013, it came to my mind the idea to make some videos of myself playing my instruments, and to specifically compose songs to blend them together. I decided to put together sounds from cultures very distant from each other, both culturally and geographically. I decided not to follow any music-philological direction. I just played what it came to my mind in that particular moment, expressing my feelings and my musical ideas. I made very different songs, not confined to a specific genre.

Counting all my instruments, I realized that I have more than 80. I admit that in a single case, I asked a friend to lend me a specific instrument that I missed but that was absolutely needed to complete a song.

Eighty musical instruments from the whole world. And 13 songs that usually reflects memories of travels, ideas of distant lands, foreign cultures and traditional sounds, and depicts original atmospheres and soundscapes.

I finally decided to board on a musical journey around the world. Following the steps of Willy Fog in the novel of Jules Verne, I named my project "Around the World in Eighty Instruments": follow me and enjoy this musical trip!


released January 7, 2015

Thanks goes to :

Costanza Manzini, Massimo Moretti, Federico Zampella, Rodolfo Villani, Khaled Abbas, Luca Rebecchi


Cakewalk Sonar 8.5 produced edition
Sonic Core Pulsar/Scope sound card
Focusrite ISA-ONE preamp
SM PRO AUDIO TB202 (tube preamp with 2 channels)
Neumann TLM 102 microphone
2xSamson C02 microphones
AKG D112 microphone
Cybelink Powerdirector



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Matteo Bosi Parma, Italy

Hobbyst musician, dealing with a lot of different genres of music: Rock, soundtrack, lullabies, electronic, ambient, instrumental, metal, new age, classical... Enjoy, give me your feedback and visit my website! (

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