UNIQUE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Added on: 11th Mar 2015
The contrabass balalaika is a Russian folk instrument that was
developed in the late 17th century. It looks strange because unlike other
stringed musical instruments, it has a triangular body. Played with
fingers or leather plectrums, this instrument is normally equipped with
extension legs resting on the floor and comes in various sizes.
American Fotoplayer was introduced in 1912 and was developed by
the American Fotoplayer Company. This musical instrument is a type
of player piano that was especially developed to provide sound effects
for silent movies during the early 19th century.
Invented in 1967, a Stylophone is an analog stylus-operated
synthesizer that was introduced by Brian Jarvis.
Designed by Manzer, the Pikasso guitar is a notable instrument
whose name was derived from its likeness to the appearance of the
cubist works of renowned artist Pablo Picasso. This instrument is
basically a harp guitar that has four necks, two sound holes
and 42 strings.
THEREMIN OR AETHERPHONE
Originally known as “Aetherphone,” Theremin is an early electronic
musical instrument that can be controlled without physical contact.
Named after its Russian inventor Leon Theremin, this instrument has
a controlling section that consists of two metal antennas which can
sense the relative position of the Thereminist’s hands and control
oscillators for frequency.
Popularized in Hungary, Cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer
that features a large trapezoidal box with metal strings stretched
across its top.
Also known as “Armonica,” “bowl organ” or “Hydrocrystalophone,”
glass harmonica is a musical instrument that uses a series of glass
bowls or goblets graduated in size to produce a broad range
of musical tones through friction.
A Crwth is an ancient stringed musical instrument that is sometimes
called a “Crowd.” This musical instrument is believed to have been
played in Wales since the 11th century.
Also known as “Martenot Waves,” Ondes Martenot is an electronic
instrument that was invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot.
Its known for its eerie wavering notes.