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a strange-looking musical instrument but sounds good
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1. Stalacpipe Organ
The world’s largest musical instrument, the Great Stalacpipe Organ, is located deep in the Luray Caverns in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Covering three and a half acres the harmonic sounds are produced when the stalactites are electronically tapped by rubber-tipped mallets. Mr. LeIand W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia – a mathematician and electronic scientist at the Pentagon – is to thank for the magnificent instrument after he invented it in 1954.
The cymbalom is referred to in various names: the cymbalum, cymbalom, cimbalom (most common spelling), ţambal, tsymbaly, tsimbl, santouri, or santur. It’s a type of hammered dulcimer found mainly in the music of Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Greece andIran. In the video the instrument player looks like he has really long nails but they are actually specific tools attached to his fingers and are called “Bow Hammers”. They allow the player to pick at the bow strings and create that unique sound.
This instrument is a five string double bass with 29 sympathetic and four drone strings and has a melodic range of five octaves. It has been specifically designed to withstand the increased string tension which creates that sympathetic sound.
4. Musical Saw
Who would have thought a workman’s tool could be used as a musical instrument? The ethereal tone it creates when played is quite similar to haunting sound of a woman’s clear voice. Alfred Schnittke used the musical saw in a number of his works. The instrument is classified as an idiophone under the Hornbostel-Sachs system of musical instrument classification.
Yuichi Onoue (in the video) of Tokyo, Japan is the inventor of the kaisatsuko. Unlike a bow that is usually used to vibrate the strings of an instrument the kaisatsuko uses a small hand crank which spins a nylon wheel. The rotating wheel acts just like a mechanical bow in a technique that is very similar to the Hurdy Gurdy, which was invented in the 11th century.
Robert Grawi invented the gravikord in 1986. It’s an electric double harp that has been modeled on the 21 string West African kora. It is made of welded stainless steel tubing, with 24 nylon strings. What differs it from the kora is the bridge which is a synthetic material designed differently allowing for a greater range of pitches.
7. The Glass Armonica
The name glass armonica derives from the Italian word “armonia”, which means harmony. This unusual instrument is made up of a series of glass bowls or goblets that graduate in size, resulting in gentle, harmonious tones. The mechanical version was invented by Benjamin Franklin.
Creating a sound very similar to the musical saw the theremin is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. Russian inventor Léon Theremin created it back in 1919. What makes it so special, even to this day, is the ability to play it without actually touching it. It consists of two radio frequency oscillators and two metal antennas. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.
9. Ondes Martenot
Maurice Martenot invented this instrument in 1928. It is an electronic musical instrument with a keyboard and slide. The sonic capabilities of the instrument were enhanced with the addition of the filter banks and switchable loudspeakers. It lets off an eerie sound very similar to the theremin and the musical saw. Many famous composers have used the ondes martenot including Olivier Messiaen.
10. Aeolian Harp
The Aeolian Harp is unique becaue it’s played by the wind. It gets its name from Aeolus, the Greek god of wind. During the Romantic Era these harps were very popular in households. Although they are less popular these days they are still hand-crafted.
Benjamin Franklin invented a radically new arrangement of the glasses in 1761 after seeing water-filled wine glasses played by William Deleval. Franklin, who called his invention the "armonica" after the Italian word for harmony, worked with London glassblower Charles James to build one, and it had its world premiere in early 1762, played by Marianne Davies.
In Franklin's version, 37 bowls were mounted horizontally nested on an iron spindle. The whole spindle turned by means of a foot-operated treadle. The sound was produced by touching the rims of the bowls with moistened fingers. Rims were painted different colors according to the pitch of the note. As were dark blue, Bs purple, Cs red, Ds orange, Es yellow, Fs green, Gs blue, and accidentals white. With the Franklin design it is possible to play ten glasses simultaneously if desired, a technique that is very difficult if not impossible to execute using upright goblets. Franklin also advocated the use of a small amount of powdered chalk on the fingers which helped produce a clear tone in the same way rosin is applied to the bows of string instruments.
Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, Richard Strauss, and Camille Saint-Saëns all composed works for the glass harmonica. European monarchs indulged in it, and even Marie Antoinette had taken lessons on it as a child from Marianne Davies. One of the best known pieces is the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the ballet The Nutcracker; Tchaikovsky's first draft called for glass harmonica, but he changed it to the newly-invented celesta before the work's premiere performance in 1892.
Here is a documentary about Glass Armonica
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" on the Glass Armonica
GLASS HARMONICA played by VERA MEYER
The Dubreq Stylophone is a miniature electronic musical instrument invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis. It consists of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus - each note being connected to a cheap voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor - thus closing a circuit. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children's toys. Rolf Harris appeared for several years as the Stylophone's advertising spokesman in the United Kingdom.
Here is how it works and sounds:
Hexstatic - Stylophone
The traditional aeolian harp is essentially a wooden box including a sounding board, with strings stretched lengthwise across two bridges. It is placed in a slightly opened window where the wind can blow across the strings to produce sounds. The strings can be made of different materials (or thicknesses) and all be tuned to the same note, or identical strings can be tuned to different notes.
And here is a clip, by Sarah Deere "Jones Celtic and Aeolian Harp"
An interesting thing, though it is not easy to produce something well sounding.
On this animation page you can see how different images sound.
A hang is a steel drum. It is struck with the fingers, the sound is generally much softer than a steel drum, and can be played in many ways to produce a large variety of sounds.
The hang was devleoped in 2000 in Bern, Switzerland by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer (PANArt Hangbau AG) and introduced at Musikmesse Frankfurt in 2001. Its name comes from the Bernedialect word for hand.
The hang is typically played resting on the players' lap, and can also be played on a stand. The inner note on the bottom dome is the bass note, and when played in a dampened way allows change in pitch. Seven (in the bass version) or eight (treble version of the Hang) notes are tuned harmonically around a central deep note. The hemispheres are hardened by a process known as gas-nitriding.
In the spring of 2006 the hangmakers presented a new generation of Hanghang (plural form of Hang). The new instruments have an upper surface of annealed brass and a ring of brass around the circumference.
Here is an introduction video to Hang:
A couple of videos of a good hang drummer
Hang Drum- Manu Delago
And a great video of Hang Drum played live by Beate Gatscha.