10 Weirdest Musical Instruments

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There are a lot of common musical instrument that everyone knows, However, there are also quite a few strange devices that make off sounds, use bizarre designs, and take up enormous amounts of space.
Below are 10 of the weirdest instruments ever created:

1. The Pikasso Guitar

1. The Pikasso Guitar

Created by musician Linda Manzer, this instrument is made out of a harp guitar and has four necks. Named after Pablo Picasso, the Pikasso Guitar has a total of 42 strings and can produce a variety of sounds.
The Pikasso Guitar was used by jazz musician Pat Metheny who helped to popularize its sound.

2. The Nyckelharpa

2. The Nyckelharpa

This is actually not something that’s new. The Nyckelharpa is considered by many historians to be one of the oldest musical instruments ever created. This is a traditional Swedish instrument and has been around since the 16th centuary.
The Nyckelharpa has 16 strings and 37 keys. It’s nickname is the “key harp.”

3. The Glass Armonica

3. The Glass Armonica

Benjamin Franklin invented this instrument. The Glass Armonica goes by many different names including “Bowl Organ” and “Hydrocrystallophone.”
The instrument itself is made up of multiple glass bowls that all created different pitched noises. For quite a while, the Glass Armonica was very popular, enjoying plenty of use among European preformers.

4. The Zeusaphone

4. The Zeusaphone

This instrument creates music by shooting out giant bolts of electricity. Named after Zeus, the god of thunder, the Zeusaphone uses electricity to produce sound.
While the sounds made by the Zeusaphone cannot be heard on their own, artists are able to digitally amplify them for listeners to enjoy.

5. The Branching Corrugahorn

5. The Branching Corrugahorn

Created by Bart Hopkin, this instrument uses corrugated pipes to play.
To play the Branching Corrugahorn, musicians blow into a mouthpiece while covering various pipe holes with their fingers. This redirects sound and creates interesting pitches.

6. The Hydraulophone

6. The Hydraulophone

This is an instrument that’s similar to an organ, but powered entirely by water.
The Hydraulophone has water running continuously through a series of holes in it. When one of the holes becomes blocked, the instrument creates a unique noise. This device is frequently used so that people with vision problems can still learn to play an instrument.

7. The Singing Ringing Tree

7. The Singing Ringing Tree

While this is technically a sculpture, it does make music. The Singing Ringing Tree was designed by two architects, Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, and is three meters tall.
When wind passes through the sculpture, it makes beautiful noises and various musical notes.

8. The Theremin

8. The Theremin

This is a very odd musical instrument that was invented by a Russian scientist, Leon Theremin, in 1920. Made up of two antennas and two oscillators, the device senses where its user’s hand is located and then produces various sounds.
The Theremin is one of the first electronic instruments and has built up quite a bit of popularity over the years.

9. The Sharpsichord

9. The Sharpsichord

This instrument has the honor of being solar powered. The Sharpsichord, also know as a barrel harp, was invented by Henry Dagg. There are over 11,520 different holes on this device and each one creates its own unique sound.
While anyone can create music with it, the Sharpsichord can only be played for a total of 90 seconds before it needs to be reprogrammed.

10. The Stalacpipe Organ

10. The Stalacpipe Organ

This odd device was built by former Pentagon scientist LeIand W. Sprinkle. It is the world’s largest musical instrument and takes up more than three acres within Virginia’s Luray Cave System.

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