Guilhem Desq Covers Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell” Using a Hurdy-Gurdy

I don’t know what I just watched but this is one of the coolest things I have seen in quite a while and thought I’d share. Musician Guilhem Desq uses a pasta maker to produce some amazing sounds covering Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell.”

All I could think when watching was the great Rush lyric “What can this strange device be? When I touch it, it gives forth a sound.”


What is a Hurdy-Gurdy?

So this old-world instrument is actually called a hurdy-gurdy and according to Wikipedia is “a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, and single notes played on the instrument sound similar to those of a violin.” The hurdy-gurdy originated from fiddles in either Europe or the Middle East (e.g., the rebab instrument) some time before the eleventh century A.D.

Guilhem Desq

Guilhem Desq has released an album titled Visions using the hurdy-gurdy. He plays a range of musical genre’s on it.