The unique thing about well-composed music is its impeccable impact it has on people. Music can offer solace and resuscitates a scarred and numbed heart. It gently cuts deep and carries you away. It can change the mood of a place from somber to cheerful or the other way round. Many people like listening to good music. That is why composers and musicians have seized the opportunity to unveil their creativity in music in this technological age. Here are the world’s most unique instruments that will blow your mind away.
In Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, you will find the Great Stalacpipe Organ located at the Luray Caverns. This is the world’s largest musical instrument. The musical instrument has stalactites that cover nearly 3 ½ acres of surrounding caverns. In addition, the instrument also has rubber-tipped mallets. When these rubber-tipped mallets electronically tap the stalactites, they emit the most beautiful symphony. The genius behind this creation is Mr. Leland W. Sprinkle. He made the instrument in 1954 while working as a mathematician and electronic scientist at the Pentagon. He lives a legacy that will forever put his name in history.
This instrument has quite a number of spellings ranging from cymbalum, cimbalom and cimbalom, which are the most conventional spelling for it. Cymbalom is a kind of hammered dulcimer. The music of Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary and Greece among others mainly incorporates hammered dulcimer musical instruments for their music. Zoltán Kodály, is one of the composers who made perfect use of the cimbalom. He had an orchestral suite - Háry János - that greatly incorporated the instrument making it very popular far and beyond Eastern Europe. His undeniable ingenuity in creative music made the instrument unprecedented.
Banzar is an instrument with a uniquely melodic range of five octaves. It has five string double bass that perfectly and lively make music epical. The double bass has 4-drone strings. In other words, the instrumental is all about strings. In addition, it has other strings referred to as sympathetic strings. The sympathetic strings have their own separate housing that helps contain tension in strings when playing the instrument. The housing is mounted on a double base or cello that is perfectly modified to hold the drone strings in good position.
The Musical Saw
Just as its name suggests, this musical is an application of the handsaw. It derives its look from the handsaw and many refer to it as the singing saw. The instrument creates an ethereal tone when played, which is a similar sound of a clear voice of a woman. Musical saw falls under the classification of idiophone. If you fish around you will find that Alfred Schnittke is one of the musicians who used the instrument for music.
By looking at the name of this instrument, you can obviously tell that it is a Japanese instrument; unless of course, you are not all that into Japanese stuff. Yuichi Onoue of Tokyo, Japan is the mastermind behind this incredible musical instrument. Unlike other string instruments that use a bow, Kaisatsuko does not require one to vibrate its strings. The thing that vibrates its two wheel strings is a small hand crank, which spins a nylon wheel causing vibration. When the two strings of Kaisatsuko vibrate, they produce sustained drone sound.