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Strangest Instrument; What's Your Most Obsure/Weird
Topic Started: 19 May 2009, 08:05 AM (14,479 Views)
atkeane
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So, while playing around with a didgeridoo I got at a street fair, I was wondering just how many people here are just drawn to all things music. That made me wonder about what obscure instruments people might have played, other than ocarina, since that seems to be coming out of the obscure a little.

So far I suppose mine would be the Didge or Theremin (a science museum near me has a playable one on display, almost got the original Trek theme on it.)
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Adam
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Skye
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Do what you will...
Cool i want a Fujara/futujara however you spell it.

Send me one Adam >:O
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Adam
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Skye
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Do what you will...
Are they easy to tune? cause my dad has loads of PVC >.>

Post a fujara making guide :P
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Adam
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Skye
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Cool, i have something to do after i got to sleep wake up, and well decide to get off my lazy butt...

hrmm a cork or something for the soundmaking, this will be fun :D
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Sherb
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Nyanyanyanyanya

ive played a Didjibodhran.
they are very awkward
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atkeane
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ShErBeT
19 May 2009, 10:04 AM
ive played a Didjibodhran.
they are very awkward
Is that a cross between a didge and a bodhran, I've played both before, but I can't see how the two would combine.

Edit: Ah the power of Google. That does look very awkward to play.
Edited by atkeane, 19 May 2009, 06:29 PM.
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Jhaemes
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wow

Contrabass Saxaphone! It's gigantic.
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ocarevolutionary
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ocarina inventor/designer

Love the Ghatam and Udu.
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Sherb
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Nyanyanyanyanya

atkeane
19 May 2009, 06:26 PM
ShErBeT
19 May 2009, 10:04 AM
ive played a Didjibodhran.
they are very awkward
Is that a cross between a didge and a bodhran, I've played both before, but I can't see how the two would combine.

Edit: Ah the power of Google. That does look very awkward to play.
yeah
google rules
i have only played it once, its a friends, because he is collecting as many wind instruments as possible..
i might ask him for another go :fly:
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ShErBeT
19 May 2009, 10:04 AM
ive played a Didjibodhran.
they are very awkward
That's indeed awkward yet so... fascinating. :o
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IceWind91
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I bought a cheap balalaika from Ebay a while back. It's a small three-stringed instrument from Russia. It's tuned E-E-A, and you play the E strings with your thumb. Unfortunately, the one I got was a tourist model. It's not tuned very well (it gets progressively sharper as you go up the neck), so I'm not sure if I'll ever record a vid of it.
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Adam
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kyleismr.smiley
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A jaw harp and an udu drum are 2 percussion instruments in meh list to own. And the ceramic trumpet by Brian Ransom is just downright peculiar!
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Skye
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Do what you will...
ive SEEEN a sitar >.>
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That reminds me, I went to a setar concert once. (Note that a sitar and a setar are not the same thing). It was Persian music. It was a solo concert for the most part, but sometimes there was accompaniment from a daf (frame drum). He also played the tambur as well. It was very interesting.
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I have lots of odd stuff. The oddest one I can actually play worth beans is the Moldavian kaval:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQJBVaw_9wI

Somewhere in the queue is an Afghan/Kashmiri rubab which I want to learn to do something with before visiting Quetta (in Baluchistan) where my girlfriend's mother was born and a place she's always wanted to visit (I figure playing music from the area is an entree into circles you wouldn't get into otherwise). It's the folk ancestor of the North Indian sarod:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAd0h647DUo

And in my dreams I fancy a North Indian "taus" (peacock-shaped hybrid of a cello and sitar)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Uyqw6SR98

Or now I've seen it, maybe a "bazantar":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crSi9IxPfYA
Edited by Jack Campin, 11 Nov 2010, 02:26 AM.
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Laa
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I play a djembe, but it's a pretty common instrument compared to the ocarina. I just wish I had someone else to play with.

Edit; or a dancer. I could always go for a dancer :D
Edited by Laa, 11 Nov 2010, 08:30 AM.
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DrkJediEngineer
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I have a strumstick style guitar; its a regular guitar, just without the big bulky body.

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Rachael
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The Octobass is STUNNING! Perhaps not the strangest instrument, but certainly one of the largest! You can see it in action at the Musical Instrument Museum in theis video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71ezsY5aszI
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Jack Campin
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The carnyx:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVAWwWi0DbE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA_EP16FUSU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnyx

I've heard Kenny playing that at a friend of mine's CD launch party. Amazing thing.
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DustyLad
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Wow, the Carnyx is strange as hell, must be uncomfortable to play for a long period of time.
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starhero
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Kenjo The Pomeranian!!!
THe jaw harp is really weird
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Poltergeist
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The strangest instrument I know (and own) is probably the k'ni from Vietnam. It's a mouth resonated fiddle. It's a bit hard to explain, so here are some links where you can read more about it:

K'ni in the Wikipedia
A website about Vietnamese instruments
A second website about Vietnamese instruments
(Have a look at the k'longput and the dan bao, too! The former is played by clapping your hands in front of a set of tubes, the second is even harder to explain in words.)

Here's a video featuring a rather fancy version of this instrument:



And here is a link where you can buy one (and also excellent jews harps, mouth bows or a dan bao): Dan Moi
Edited by Poltergeist, 5 Feb 2012, 11:31 AM.
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VLK1993
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5 Feb 2012, 11:29 AM
The strangest instrument I know (and own) is probably the k'ni from Vietnam. It's a mouth resonated fiddle. It's a bit hard to explain, so here are some links where you can read more about it:

K'ni in the Wikipedia
A website about Vietnamese instruments
A second website about Vietnamese instruments
(Have a look at the k'longput and the dan bao, too! The former is played by clapping your hands in front of a set of tubes, the second is even harder to explain in words.)

Here's a video featuring a rather fancy version of this instrument:



And here is a link where you can buy one (and also excellent jews harps, mouth bows or a dan bao): Dan Moi
Đn cy tre... translate like "Bamboo violin?" xD
Lol, i'm vietnamese and i did not know this instrument exist...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhwX-dIx-GY

hm... as the strangest instrument... i mean, in my point, which is "stranger" than "Dan cay tre" is "Dan nhi" which is known in Vietnam in the name of "Đn nhị" or "Đn c" ...
yay for Vietnamese instruments xD
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starhero
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Kenjo The Pomeranian!!!
Hm, seems rather like a erhu in terms of appearance
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Jubal
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Glass harmonica. Creepy instrument.

I wish I had an alps horn.
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Achint
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I love the glass harmonica! I had seen a video of it a few weeks ago, brilliant thing!
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hylian_shieldmaiden
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I own a qanun (can't play it, but am interested in learning someday, assuming I can find a teacher). It's a Middle Eastern instrument, similar to a zither (probably related). It's fairly uncommon in the Middle East, and very rare here in Canada. It has 72 strings (depending on which region it's from I believe), grouped in threes, and in addition to tuning pegs each string/group of strings has a series of tiny levers the player can use while playing to alter the notes by a fraction.

This is my favourite instrument. Whenever I hear a qanun solo, it just melts my heart :love: . It's such a beautiful, moving, relaxing sound. Anyway, I think I'm getting all mushy now, so here's a sample:


He's playing what's known as a taqsim, which is like an improvised solo I believe, but there's probably more to it than that.
Edited by hylian_shieldmaiden, 6 Feb 2012, 07:31 AM.
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PrinceOfHyrule
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i've seen laser harps before, but not sure if that counts XD
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Ocarinadiva
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I played a glass flute once in a store. It was really cool. It had a very crisp tone, but I really liked the look of it.
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Jack Campin
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Kanuns are lovely, but I've never got far with any kind of harp (I can just about bash out chords on an autoharp). I've been to Turkey a lot and you often see young people walking about with kanun bags on their backs - you can identify a kanun player from half a mile away. It's become very much more popular in the last few years.

Long track from a kanun solo album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDqLjySZgQ0

Solo in a group performance, terrific vitality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcPpPSs0ZZA

Mindblowing kanun master class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uUlsGmKueM

Googling "kanun dersi" or "kanun dersleri" will find a fair few people offering on-line courses in Turkish (some of whom will know enougn English to get you by, in combination with Google Translate). This guy's site looks useful: http://www.tahiraydogdu.com/dil.asp?lang=eng

Video on making kanuns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGVWy4OQ1yQ
Edited by Jack Campin, 6 Feb 2012, 12:40 PM.
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CJ ocarinas
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Not really that strange I guess but I have been messing arround on the auto harp lately.
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Jack Campin
6 Feb 2012, 12:24 PM
Kanuns are lovely, but I've never got far with any kind of harp (I can just about bash out chords on an autoharp). I've been to Turkey a lot and you often see young people walking about with kanun bags on their backs - you can identify a kanun player from half a mile away. It's become very much more popular in the last few years.

Long track from a kanun solo album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDqLjySZgQ0

Solo in a group performance, terrific vitality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcPpPSs0ZZA

Mindblowing kanun master class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uUlsGmKueM

Googling "kanun dersi" or "kanun dersleri" will find a fair few people offering on-line courses in Turkish (some of whom will know enougn English to get you by, in combination with Google Translate). This guy's site looks useful: http://www.tahiraydogdu.com/dil.asp?lang=eng

Video on making kanuns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGVWy4OQ1yQ
That's awesome, thanks! It's a good thing my dad speaks Turkish more or less fluently, so I can ask him for help :D

I actually got my qanun from a Turkish qanun maker who lives about 2 hours from my house, it belonged to one of his students, I believe. He does teach still, but it's really far for me to travel multiple times per week, plus his English isn't the greatest which means I'd need my dad along with me to translate, so unless I move closer to where he lives/find another teacher who's closer and speaks better English, I'm stuck ^_^; . Hopefully I can use your links to learn a bit :) .
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cainmaster7
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The most obscure thing I have played (besides the ocarina) is this kind of guitar, without a body. Here is a picture.
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Penycat
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Look at this Native American flute. Really interesting!

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Jubal
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What is this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNQWAO1uI2o&feature=related
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Jack Campin
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An ocarina built into a knife handle?
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Penycat
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That's sounds good to me...that's what I was thinking too.
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Poltergeist
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It just occured to me that the Daxophone wasn't mentioned yet. The Daxophone is basically a long, thin piece of wood. It is played with a bow and the effective vibrating length of the wood is shortened with a solid block of wood pressed to the vibrating sheet of wood at different points.

Here is a link that explains it much better, with pictures and videos: Daxophone at Oddmusic.com

Oddmusic is a great site featuring many odd musical instruments. Have a look: Oddmusic.com

And here's TON's official anthem played on the Daxophone (or at least someone trying to play it):

Edited by Poltergeist, 25 Feb 2012, 11:17 AM.
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Penycat
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That was so painful to watch.....
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Remillo
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Only ones I own that could be considered strange is a Melodica and a Jaw Harp...

But other than that...

Amplified Cactus, because John Cage is insane:


And the Waterphone, because it's amazing. I seriously want one of these. Think of how many arrangements of Movie and Game Music you could do with this!

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Penycat
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Here is a new take on an old organ!
The beer bottle organ.

Here is a Chrysalis. And it sounds really good too.

Chrysalis


sound clip of the Chrysalis

Chrysalis sound clip
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