TOP 10 STRANGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

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Top 10 Strange Musical Instruments

Are you a music connoisseur? What we actually mean: are you familiar with musical instruments? The sound of the most common instruments – often meeting in a fanfare orchestra – can be distinguished.But that does not matter to the strange musical instruments in this list!

10. Cajon

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Nice to know is that the cajon originated from poverty: in the time people left South America by boat, there were no instruments on board. The rhythmically tuned South Americans liked to make music.Therefore, they used crates as percussion instruments. The original version of the cajon concerns a rectangular hand bar with a wooden mud. The round hole at the back ensures the desired acoustics.With additional additions like alloy bubbles, wicker or metal strings, additional sound effects are created. And just like when aboard such a big boat, cajon players climb on top of their instrument. They play the drum with both hands. There are players who also use their heels!

9. Crwth

Crwth - TOP 10 STRANGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTSHarry Campbell / Wikicommons

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During the Middle Ages, the Gauls and Irish were happy to play the crwth. They also called this musical instrument ‘crowd’ or ‘rot’. More specifically, it is a wooden instrument equipped with six strings. And a bow. At the end of the last century, the crwth made a revival. Not only were modern versions of the instrument developed, the sound was rediscovered. Thus, the crwth once again belonged to contemporary versions of typical folk music. It even came so far that two CDs were created with only crwth music. And that’s very special: the sound of the crwth is not very diverse.

8. Theremin

In 1919, Léon Theremin finalized his invention: the theremin. With this he made the name of the first analog synthesizer. Particularly to this instrument was that it could change the pitch steplessly. The theremin works as follows: with your left hand you can influence the volume and with your right hand the pitch. The sound you make then resembles that of a violin. There are people who hear a female operastem. A few decades later, the theremin was a widely used instrument in science fiction films. The moment you heard this typical sound, an ufo passed by.

7. Key harp

Nyckelharpa - TOP 10 STRANGE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTSKarsten Evers / wikicommons

The history of the key harp goes far back in time. To be accurate to the Middle Ages. Through Eastern Europe, this string instrument came into being in Sweden. Especially the residents of the Uppland region were very fond of this instrument. But in countries such as Denmark, Austria and Germany, people liked to listen to the key harp. This musical instrument was used mainly by ensembles, which played folk music. And yet, the key harpa – with its very warm sound – is a valuable addition to this genre.

6. Didgeridoo

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Of all the odd musical instruments from this list, the didgeridoo enjoys the most familiarity. The instrument went up 2,000 years ago in Australia. Indeed, in the Kakadu region, there is a rock art, where you can see a digero player with two singers. And according to the historians, that drawing was made about 2,000 years ago. Just like the Africans used the djembé as an instrument for accompanying traditional dance, the Australians took the didgeridoo. Nowadays, you can also hear this musical instrument in electronic music.

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5. Hydrophobic

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As you can figure out from the name of the hydrophone, water will be adjusted. This musical instrument is also referred to as a water pipe organ flute. By direct contact with water – but also with other liquid substances – you can make sounds. The first version of the hydrophone is developed by Steve Mann. His invention has inspired many to build their own hydrophone. In all likelihood, the biggest performance in Canada is: The Ontario Science Center is equipped with a giant hydrophone that everyone can play. In the winter months only the instrument will be closed to the public.

4. Cheat

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During the period of the Northern Bronze Age, the trick has been developed. At least, rock paintings from that time make it clear that you played on a wind instrument. Later fires were found in cattle excavations: they were laid in digging. This musical instrument consists of a tube, a mouthpiece and a sieve disc. During play, the trick player must keep the singer disc above the head. There are various versions of the trick made. The difference mainly concerns the size of the instrument. And in order to be able to carry the long instruments, the tube was rotated several times.

3. Pyrophone

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Playing a pyrophone is not entirely without danger. This musical instrument is also called ‘fire organ’ or ‘explosion organ’! Propane or gasoline is needed to get the pyrophalus going. In 1875, Georg Friedrich Eugen Kastner, the son of a composer, discovered that you can generate small explosions. But quick combustion also has this effect. The steam caliber works in a similar manner. The difference between the two instruments is that the combustion at the steam calibration takes place outside of the instrument’s resonant cavity. At the pyrophone it plays in the cavity.

2. Violophone

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Compared to a violin, the sound of a violet sounds much heavier. A harder. This is due to the lack of the wooden sound box. But also by the horn, with which this musical instrument is equipped. The horn makes it hard to play the violin: it does not matter to turn the metal horn to the desired side. The violin is also known as the “straw violet” or “trumpet violin”. The first name is derived from the inventor of this instrument, the German Johannes Matthias Augustus Stroh.

1. Tesla coil

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Although the tesla coil was not meant to be a musical instrument – the inventor wanted to develop a device to provide the whole world with free power – it has come to this list. And especially for the great entertainment value. The sounds that make the tesla coil are not very beautiful! But the first encounter with this instrument – from a roof of a skyscraper on Long Island – left an unforgettable impression.Better said: dazzling.

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