With the right instruments a gifted musician can make some wonderful music. However, even the world’s finest musicians would struggle to entertain their audiences with the following astonishingly bizarre musical instruments.
If you have ever wondered what the weird noise on the Beach Boys song Good Vibrations is then you have already heard a theremin at work. This is a ridiculous music instrument which is used to make silly noises on sci fi movies and which was weird enough without anyone doing anything else to it. However, to make it even weirder inventor and all round fruit loop David Cramner stuck a theremin inside a badger. It sounds a lot like a regular theremin but smells a lot worse.
The Goat Bagpipes
Bagpipes are other instruments which are already weird but which people have gone out of their way to make even stranger. In Macedonia the descendents of Alexander the Great don’t aim to dominate the world; they just want to make beautiful music out of dead goats and sheep. There, they make a type of bagpipe called gajda from deceased creatures but often leave the hooves or head on them.
The Giant Guitar
Japanese artist Yoshihiko Satoh isn’t one to settle for any normal old guitar. He wanted one which had more neck than a family of giraffes. This unusual musical instrument has 72 strings and can only be played by a giant squid or 12 musically gifted dwarves standing on top of each other.
The Vegetable Orchestra
They don’t do things by half in Vienna. Instead of using just one silly instrument they made a whole orchestra out of vegetables. If you have ever wondered what a bunch of vegetables sound like when bashed together, scraped and blown then head along to the Austrian capital before they make them all into a giant soup.
This looks like some kind of space age teletransporter system designed to make walking a thing of the past. Sadly, as much as the Earth needs such an invention this isn’t it. Instead, it is a collection of tubular bells which the musicians sit inside and tinkle away with. Only the good Lord knows how you are meant to get in and out of it, though.
A man called Henry Dagg decided one fine day that the world didn’t have enough bizarre musical instruments in it. Do you know something? He was right, the completely stark raving bonkers musical genius that he is. Mr Dagg proceeded to build the Sharpischord. It has been called a solar powered music box and it has been called a pin barrel harp. It works through the use of the musician plugging pins into the 11,520 holes which are on the rotating cylinder. It has been used to provide backing music for singer Bjork and could yet be the future or rock and roll.
The Cello Horn
I don’t know what this thing is but I want one. Actually, I do know what it is; it’s a cello horn. What I don’t know is why it is. Why would anyone invent a musical instrument which is a cross between a cello and a horn?