Music is a very fascinating thing and what are even more fascinating are the musical instruments and the way they are played. People exercise some of the highest skill levels necessary with musical instruments and playing them. The amazing constructions in which these instruments exist are a marvel of what the applied mind can conquer. We look at some of the strangest musical instruments that can be found around the world. While it would simply be impossible to pick a top ten, here are some instruments that stand out in some ways.
10. The Sea Organ:
The Sea Organ is a unique musical instrument as it is powered by the waves. The diatonic sounds of the instrument built on the Adriatic Sea are a unique and a beautiful creation of musical mastery. It was conceived and created by Nikola Basic who is an architect in the year 2005. The endless playing organ is a popular tourist attraction and draws thousands of visitors who sit by the shores and listen in to the sounds of the organ.
9. The Great Stalacpipe Organ:
Easily the largest instrument in the world with an area of around 3.5 acres, the gargantuan organ consists of a labyrinth of stalactites which are all interconnected to the central playing mechanism. The organ was created by a scientist in 1954 in the Shenandoah Valley in the US state of Virginia. The construction is completed by connecting the stalactites with rubber mallets that are used to strike the carefully selected organ pipes so as to speak.
8. The Pegasus Piano:
A peak of modern design in many ways, the Pegasus Piano is a rare and exquisite instrument. This ergonomically correct piano has only been manufactured 8 times so far. It has the usual features of a piano except some added bonuses which allow its users to control the amount of sound that the instrument throws off through a hydraulic arrangement.
7. The Glass Armonica:
The hydrocrystalophone is known by many names and is a glass harmonica and is also simply known as armonica. It is constructed using a certain number of glass made bowls and goblets which are arranged usually in order of their size. The instrument uses friction as the mode of producing the sounds. It is a very sophisticated arrangement worthy of praise.
6. The Musical Saw:
The everyday hand saw is used to create amazing variations in pitches. It is a classified idiophone and has a very stark quality of sound that is also said to resemble a melodic voice singing. It is played using a wand like a violin and the user has to hold it in a particular S shape to play it. It is known as a singing saw and has been used in many concerts around the world.
5. The Didgeridoo:
It is one of the oldest instruments in the world and is a fairly basic wind instrument from Australia. Today people have managed to diversify the organ into many different forms and variations as compared to playing just one single pitched sound. It is also available in portable constructions that can be easily packed into a small bag. The popular didgeridoo is also known as the travel didgeridoo.
4. Riday T-91 Midi Controller:
Although there are a lot of midi controllers available in the market, this patented design is a very unique one as it allows playing of all 12 scales which are mounted each on a different level. The best thing about this instrument is that it can play almost any kind of music right from the classical piano to modern day mixes. Still somewhat of a concept, this instrument should be out in production soon.
3. The Kalimba:
Widely known as the African Thumb Piano, this instrument has been derived from older instruments and is widely available in its modern form. It is constructed on a wood platform and is played with the thumbs. It is an instrument of the percussion family and has been used for centuries in its different adaptations.
The Cymbalom is known by different names in different parts of the world. The instrument is also well known in some parts of the world as a santur. This instrument is a masterpiece of musical artistry and produces a complex range of sounds. The discipline that is required to master such an instrument is very demanding and few maestros have shown the world just how beautiful this instrument really is.
1. The Nano Guitar:
Easily the smallest instrument that you will hear of, the nano guitar is invisible to the human eye and can only be played with a powerful microscope. The sounds are too faint to be heard by the human ear but can present some intricate patterns and explanations for acoustics to the researchers at Cornell University who have created this wondrous instrument of the future.