Nov 12, 2008

Music is Your Only Friend, Until the End

STU666, one of the many bad mo-fucks over at the Sonic Youth Gossip Forum shared this link to a world of sounds and musical instruments the likes of which blow the -FUPPETS- Meta-Mind.
The website is and it compiles a dizzying array of the world's strangest musical instruments. Here are some specially chosen by -FUPPETS- to blow your mind.

Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside. Underneath, there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds. -

Listen to a sample of the SEA ORGAN here.


Waterphones are stainless steel and bronze monolithic, one-of-a-kind, acoustic, tonal-friction instruments that utilize water in the interior of their resonators to bend tones and create water echos. -

Listen to a sample of the WATERPHONE here.


A popular form of theremin is the light-sensitive variety. As the name implies, this type of instrument reacts to changes in light levels (i.e. brightness) just as the spatial proximity-based theremin reacts to changes in capacitance. As the video footage changes, the audio circuit of the Optivideotone reacts audibly with wild buzzes, howls, and weird microtonal synthesizer-like chords. -

Listen to a sample of the OPTIVIDEOTONE here.

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