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Strangest Instrument; What's Your Most Obsure/Weird
Topic Started: 19 May 2009, 08:05 AM (16,833 Views)
hylian_shieldmaiden
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Ueueteotl
4 Jun 2016, 06:19 AM
I am not sure what you would call this, and I certainly don't play it, but I saw it the other day searching for something else and it certainly fits the "weird instrument" bill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0gED3rn2Tc
The Blue Man Group plays these :)

@1:35

https://youtu.be/OeOb-LcYWgQ?t=95

They also have something similar called a drumbone ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Elcq2bqENMM
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hylian_shieldmaiden
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This isn't strange so much as a neat concept. It's a slim MIDI controller you can stick onto an acoustic guitar~


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJFfnTkyj-g
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MMsensei1
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Jubal
24 Dec 2014, 08:37 PM
The launeddas is a very nice sounding instrument:

http://youtu.be/EsVTImENF-Y

Too bad it seems the only way to get one is to travel to Sardinia.
Does anyone know other instruments similar to this? I really love the sound but these seem to be hard to obtain :(
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Jack Campin
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I know Barnaby Brown, a Scottish piper who lived in Sardinia for a couple of years to learn about those. Here he is with Patsy Seddon doing a mediaeval hymn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=larBjEU-CIE

If you google for Barnaby you will find much more, including reconstructions of the forms that may have been played in Scotland. There are less sophisticated multiple-chanter pipes from around the Mediterranean and the Caucasus, and versions with an attached bag like the Black Sea bagpipe, but the Sardinian form seems to be the sole survivor of the ancient triple pipe known to classical Greece.

They may be for sale from somewhere, but it doesn't make much sense to think of them as a product you can buy. You need to learn a hell of a lot about playing technique and maintenance before it makes sense to own them. The instrument itself is pretty simple and anybody with the right sort of cane and a pocket knife could make one - if they knew what they were doing.
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MMsensei1
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I could be able to make a simple reed pipe out of cane that makes some sort of sound, but making fingerholes and having everything in tune is a more difficult task...
I guess I could try it though :D
Thanks for all the info!

EDIT: I went to gather some cane and started making these reed pipes. I was able to make one with the first 4 notes of a minor scale, it was a bit out of tune but had the sound I was looking for! I also tried to make a drone pipe, but I'm not yet sure how to make it the right note. I'll keep practicing, maybe I'll some day have my own launeddas :D
Edited by MMsensei1, 19 Jun 2016, 08:28 PM.
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Gemstone
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Has anyone seen this? My boyfriend showed me this recently via Facebook.
Otamatone
Edited by Gemstone, 13 Jan 2017, 12:37 PM.
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Kitten Forest
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I know melodicas have been mentioned a few times, but what I found when I was looking at various free reed instruments is kind of like the other half of the accordion if you picture the melodica as one side. The accordina. These are really hard to find, and most of them seem to be antiques in France. Initially it looks like a melodica with buttons, but it is held similar to a transverse ocarina. This is an instrument I'd really like to try in person.
http://www.accordinas.com/index.php?lg=1&rbq=3
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jordan.1210
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Gemstone
13 Jan 2017, 12:34 PM
Has anyone seen this? My boyfriend showed me this recently via Facebook.
Otamatone
I've seen it and looked into them on amazon. Apparently they can be quite expensive and hard to play because they depend on precise placement of your finders for notes. It would definitely be funny to get to annoy show my roommates :D
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Daniel
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Big otamatone:

https://youtu.be/g_1WvxYBGTk

This guy's videos are pretty amusing.
Edited by Daniel, 14 Jan 2017, 07:36 PM.
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jordan.1210
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Omg, that Otamatone is huge XD

I myself don't really have any obscure or weird instruments myself. To my friends, my obsession collection of ocarinas is obscure but definitely not here by any means. Other than that I only have a soprano and bari sax and a bass clarinet that can even come close to the "obscure" category and they don't do a good job of that either. I might get a Xun eventually though.
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Harp Player
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I don't consider the Otamatone to be a musical instrument, I think it falls more into the noise maker category.
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jordan.1210
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Most of the time, you'd probably be right Harp Player
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Kitten Forest
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In another thread I mentioned that a guest came to my computer class in the fall and talked about a unique instrument he made. While I haven't played it in person, I still think it's a pretty unique thing to share.
I guess it falls into a similar category as the otamatone as it doesn't really make sound the way other instruments do. It's called the T-stick and sounds like it should be in the soundtrack of something sci-fi!
Here's a video of it. It's kind of odd sounding, but all the other videos I could find were with "laptop orchestras."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT8dBdwQXnM
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Vendace
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15 Jan 2017, 08:18 AM
I don't consider the Otamatone to be a musical instrument, I think it falls more into the noise maker category.
Noise maker as it is, I find it to be strangely adorable and endearing
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EriChanHime
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I just bought a didgeridoo this past weekend, and a World Music booth at the nearby Renaissance Faire. I love it.

Iíve spent quite a bit of time watching didge videos on YouTube and the like, and daydreaming of buying one, but even with the PVC ones, the shipping is definitely prohibitive for an instrument that I want for relaxation/amusement, rather than dedicated practice and playing. However, the price at the faire was shockingly reasonable, involved NO shipping, and the proprietor let me try a few different instruments and helped me learn to make the basic resonance sound (sometimes it takes me a few tries, but I can get there).

I regret nothing. Also, itís lovely; itís black with a faux wood grain pattern like lightning in purple. Matches my bedroom pretty decently, and stands up in a corner without taking up much space at all. Iím rather delighted with it. Now the long, hard slog of adding circular breathing practicesÖ
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