Will check those out, thanks Forrest. Excited to hear of your next project, any more details forthcoming?
The Khushtar seems amazing, found some photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23149384@N03/2332715387/in/photostream/
Well, the recording and mixing for the CD was recently finished, though it hasn't been mastered yet. I'm still working on a provisional title for it, though I consider it to be a followup of sorts to my 'Gongland' CD. The CD took much longer than my other CDs to finish, though part of the reason for that was getting sidetracked by other CD projects and simply having the time and the right mental space to finish it. I actually thought I had finished the CD about a month ago, but then recorded something new and had to dump a few shorter pieces to make way for the new piece. I found the Khushtar to be extremely difficult to play (I decided against trying to play it like a rebab and simply held it up to my neck like a Western violin), and tuning the sympathetic strings turned out to be a bit of challenge, too. In the short piece in which the Khushtar appears, I don't play it as a lead instrument; the lead instrument in the piece is a Turkish cumbus, which is sort of a large fretless banjo. The CD is predominantly electronic, though there are definitely more acoustic instruments on this one than on Gongland.
I'll of course let everyone know when the CD gets closer to being released.