What is the strangest sounding instrument

Homemade instruments for live performances and for recordings

So what are some good homemade instruments that you can use? The most unique and weird gadgets with which you can create that very special sound you are looking for, often come from unexpected places. Even from the stars and planets, using a technique called 'stellar seismology'. It's all a matter of researching and trying if you can want to find your own expression, and homemade instruments are a good way to do this, no matter what genre of music you are in. Here is a short list of sources and instruments that musicians have discovered or specially created that will hopefully inspire you to start your own projects.

Junkyard percussion

What you can try out as an uncomplicated and fun venture to discover special percussion sounds - go to a junkyard near you and pick up a few different ones Drumsticks and a portable recording device for sampling with. All you have to do is go around hitting various junk objects and those Record sounds as samples, which you can use later for your recording or at a concert with a sampler can. The kitchen is also a place where you can find fascinating things - beats, clatter, clank, roar. For his song The Earth Died Screaming, Tom Waits recorded the impact of a thick wooden slat on an asphalt path as an additional element to the drums that had already been recorded. That added something wild to the song, reminiscent of Pygmy or Indonesian tribal music. Another example of a self-made percussion instrument is the Monster Tubulum.

Engraving rhythms in the endless grooves of records

Nick Zammuto of The Books invented a method to engrave beats directly on the surface of a vinyl record in the endless groove in the middle. A unusual way of getting that distinctive analog sound for your beats - you determine the time signature mathematically and can develop your own. This is a nice feature for gigs, recordings and for vinyl records that you want to sell. Check out this how-to video on YouTube where Zammuto explains how to create your own analog beats.

The single-string electric guitar

Also known as Diddley Bow or Unitar. In a live show setting, the Diddley Bow can be used well, he produces a powerful sound and can do that Visually captivate the audience. Even as a versatile, variable stage prop, it can become an aesthetic attraction, because you can design your own Unitar however you want. If you've ever seen the opening sequence of It Might Get Loud - Jack White builds a Diddley Bow and then plays it. Here is a YouTube instructional video on how to build your own single-string guitar.

Contact microphone on everything that vibrates

Contact microphones are extremely cheap, easy to use and you can make your own contact micro. If you have any object that can produce an audible vibrationno matter how imperceptible it is, you can make your own unique instrument. Nikola Jeremic, who is a musician in my band and music producer, invented the Springaton, which I use in many of my recordings and at concerts. Basically it is a device with an acoustic resonance box and many metal springs, each of which has a different vibration frequency and its own contact microphone. It works best if you build one with springs that complementary keys correspond in different octaves.

Wind instruments

Another instrument that you can build yourself and with which you can use a contact microphone is the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by the indigenous people of Australia. With any instrument you build yourself, you can Use effects pedals to amplify your soundsto loop beats or phrases. The most common wind instruments that you can make yourself are flutes and pipes. In addition to the drum, they are among the oldest instruments in the world. You can make them out of clay, wood, plastic, or other materials. Not only can they be practical, but they can also impress with their decorations and sculptures. People have even built their own bamboo saxophones.

Singing instrumentsYou can use household items and you can own yours without much effort or having to change them a lot own sound elementsproduce. Like the singing glass, for example, which can produce different sounds depending on the shape it has and how much water it is filled with. I've used this sound and him as an atmospheric element sampled for the background of acoustic songs. Another instrument that sounds a little scary is the singing saw - you take a simple saw and play it with a violin bow. It is not difficult to learn to play saws and it is always an eye-catcher. You can compare it to the crystal glass or the theremin, in the sense that you can also create a continuous glissando (gliding from one tone to the next) with its ghostly ethereal tone.

Use your body

Another fantastic unamplified homemade instrument is the human body. With it you will be able to create a lot of exciting sounds ... like beatboxing. I like the mouth trumpet best. Here is a TED talk with Tom Thum and the orchestra in his mouth.

Everything is possible

If you want to build your own instruments, pretty much anything is possible. Harry Partch, for example, is a well-known epoch-making inventor of self-made instruments. For the past half century he has With his instruments, musicians started to think differently about tonality and harmony. The Anarchestra is also a good source for discovering the unimaginable possibilities of homemade instruments. The world of self-made instruments is growing and developing rapidly and more and more attention is being paid to it.

The use of unusual sounds from idiosyncratic self-made instruments is becoming increasingly popular among indie musicians. I can only recommend developing your own instrument that will make you stand out. Your inventions can add a feeling to your musicthat you cannot produce with the typical, bought instruments from the store. As you build your own instruments, you will learn a lot about the nature of sound and music. And when they are ready to go is it fun to name your instruments. It should not be forgotten that every instrument that has ever produced a sound in the world was at some point self-made, well before industrial production. Mankind probably only invented the musical instrument 67,000 years ago, and the art of ceremony and homemade instruments will likely always be relevant.