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Apr 22 2012

Unusual music

Here are two kinds of unusual music.

The first is music played on an unusual instrument.

The second is music played unusually on a familiar instrument.

Music has always been a medium where innovation and creativity thrive and where even amateurs can produce wonderful new things by breaking the rules. It is nice to see fresh examples of that.

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  1. 1
    unbound

    You might enjoy this one as well…a whole group working different parts of a single guitar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M

  2. 2
    'Tis Himself

    The first one is basically a steel drum. I’d throw a couple of bucks into his jar. And I’d certainly put some money in the guitar player’s jar.

  3. 3
    maethor

    Mano,

    I saw that guy two weeks ago in Venice, I think (might have been somewhere else because I did a 2-week tour around Western Europe). I stopped because of the unusual shape of the drum and listened for a bit, but he soon took a break. Seeing that picture on your page immediately registered. Small world.

  4. 4
    Norm

    Then of course there is the condom bagpipe:

  5. 5
    Jared A

    This tuvan throat singing is one of my favorite right now

  6. 6
    Justin Zimmer

    In case anyone is interested: The first video is a Hang instrument, or Hang Drum (apparently they don’t like it being called a drum) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang_(instrument)

    It’s a 21st century invention comprising years of metallurgical and acoustic research and now made primarily by one company in Switzerland. They cost about $6-8000 apiece and are individually handcrafted. Thank you for posting this video, I’m now very interested in how to make one!

  7. 7
    Tim

    You beat to the post, Justin! :-D

    My teenage son (a drummer) told me about the Hang about a year ago or so. I was all set to buy him one … until I saw the price tag.

    On YouTube, my favorite Hang performer is this guy named Dante Bucci:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rXcdcDB2S8&list=PLB7BBCACA313BBC90&index=2&feature=plpp_video

    … and …

  8. 8
    Tadas

    Mano,
    In the spirit of unusual yet creative musical instruments, here’s a sample from a recent America’s Got Talent. The contestant calls it an Earth Harp.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkeFl5LiIp4

    While not an unusual instrument, here’s another brilliant and moving piece from Ukraine’s Got Talent:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOMgDbcA84A

    Enjoy!

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