Top 10 Strangest Musical Instruments
10 Pikasso Guitar
The Pikasso Guitar, created by luthier Linda Manzer, is an unusual musical instrument. It was given that moniker because of its resemblance to Pablo Picasso’s cubist paintings. This instrument is essentially a wedge-shaped modified harp guitar with four necks, two sound holes, and 42 strings. It was created for jazz artist Pat Metheny, who has used the sound in several of his compositions.
Nyckelharpa is a classic Swedish instrument that is considered to be one of the oldest musical instruments still in use today. It is said to have been developed in the early 14th century, and its name literally means “key harp.” The musical instrument is usually made up of 16 strings and 37 keys, however there are several varieties.
8 Glass Armonica
Glass Armonica, also known as Bowl Organ and Hydrocrystallophone, is the creation of multidimensional genius Benjamin Franklin. The instrument consists of a revolving axis with many glass bowls and goblets of various sizes that make music when touched on the rims with wet fingertips. The first edition was published in 1762. The instrument was quite popular in Europe for a short time.
Zeusaphone, also known as Singing Tesla Coils or Thoremin, is one of the most unusual instruments available. It gets its names from the Greek gods Zeus and Thor. It’s built of a Tesla coil that’s been tweaked to make music by adjusting the spark output. The frequency of the resultant wave is digitally modified to an audible wave, despite the fact that it is beyond human perception.
6 Branching Corrugahorn
Bart Hopkin created this experimental musical instrument. It’s created from of flexible corrugated pipes that are commonly seen in hospitals and factories. A mouthpiece and many corrugated pipes of varied lengths make up the Branching Corrugahorn. The artist blows into the mouthpiece while using his fingers to hold the tubes tight. That tube will make sound when he takes a finger.
Hydraulophone is an organ that is driven by water or other liquids, as its name suggests. Steve Mann was the one who came up with the idea and gave it a name. When the water flow through one of the holes in the instrument is blocked, the sound generating mechanism emits music. It’s frequently used by vision impaired people as a sensory exploration tool. The biggest hydraulophone in the world is housed at the Ontario Science Center in Canada.
4 Singing Ringing Tree
The Singing Ringing Tree, another bizarre musical instrument, is really a sculpture in the Pennine Hills of England. It was built in 2006 and was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. The artwork, which stands at 3 metres tall, is comprised of galvanised steel pipes of varying lengths with many perforations. With the passage of wind through the perforations, the instrument makes musical tones.
Theremin, formerly known as Aetherphone, is a one-of-a-kind musical instrument. The electronic instrument’s most remarkable characteristic is that it can be played without making physical touch, and it was the first to do so. It was named after Russian inventor Leon Theremin, who created it in 1920. The Theremin is made up of two metal antennae that sense the relative location of the performer’s hands, as well as two oscillators. Within the range of the antennae, the performer moves his hands. The pitch is determined by the distance between one hand and an antenna, while the volume is determined by the distance between the matching others.
Sharpsichord is a one-of-a-kind instrument in that it is solar-powered. Henry Dagg, also known as Barrel Harp, developed the instrument. The sharpsichord is a perforated cylinder with 11,520 holes into which a musician may insert pins to make music. The pins on these cylinders cause a mechanism to pluck the right strings as they revolve. With the instrument, everyone may make their own music. It can only be played for a maximum of 90 seconds before it has to be reprogrammed.
1 Stalacpipe Organ
The Great Stalacpipe Organ, built by Pentagon scientist LeIand W. Sprinkle in 1956, is the world’s biggest musical instrument. The organ, which takes up more than three acres in Virginia’s Luray Caverns, creates music by striking stalactites of various sizes with rubber mallets via a piano console. The instrument’s sound may be heard without a loudspeaker from anywhere in the caves. Pepe Deluxe, a Scandinavian band, was the first to record an original piece on the instrument in 2011.