More Strange Musical Instruments

As I discussed a couple of days ago in a post about odd musical instruments, the world is full of apparently totally insane individuals who feel a drive to invent weird and wonderful instruments.  This set me off in a hunt for more such inventors. and one I have come across is obviously a serial inventor of ludicrous – but fun – instruments.  A guy by the name of Len Solomon, who is responsible for such extraordinary instruments as The BellowphoneThe Oomphalopompatronium and the splendidly named The Emphatic Chromatic Callioforte.

These, and a myriad of other equally odd instruments are things he has created over the last 40 or so years, and which he uses in his performances as a solo musician in schools, festivals and other venues.

Before I entertain you with a couple of videos of him performing on some of his creations, here are a couple of photos to give you an idea of what his instruments look like……

So now you know what both he and some of his instruments look like, it is time to hear what he creates with them.  So here we go, have fun……

I love his workshop….  Mine was always like that when I was a model-maker….  A well lived in and loved workshop, everything you need to hand and in its place… perfect!

And now that you have survived that extraordinary musical experience, here is one of his other instruments to amuse you.. and possibly move you to tears as well.

If you want to know more about this superb individual, you can find him at his website….

So that was a guy who invented completely new instruments, now to round off this wee post, here are a very strange bunch playing on instruments that they did not invent, but have certainly made their own….  The Blue Man Group….

Once again, what can I say about this mob?  Not much, except they are totally weird, enjoy using curious and non-standard instruments and are very entertaining.      Want to know more about them?   Well here is their website for all further info you might need.

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So, there were a couple more odd instruments for your amusement, do you have any thoughts on creating odd and offbeat musical instruments?  Do share them with us here eh?

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