I have stumbled upon a company called Lark In The Morning, who make the most amazing and extraordinary musical instruments, which they sell via their website. They make and sell these instruments as if selling a Bullroarer, a Stradivarius Musical Saw or a Walking Stick Fife were the most normal things in the world. […]
I have stumbled upon a company called Lark In The Morning, who make the most amazing and extraordinary musical instruments, which they sell via their website. They make and sell these instruments as if selling a Bullroarer, a Stradivarius Musical Saw or a Walking Stick Fife were the most normal things in the world.
Not only do they make these weird and wonderful instruments, but they also make relatively ¨normal” instruments as well, but it is the odd end of their market that interested me when I came across their website (link at bottom of this post). I love the eccentricity of a company that with a completely straight face offers to sell us a Crum Horn, a Jewish Ram´s Horn or a Dulcimer.
If you visit their website and click on the link that will give you a complete list of the categories of the instruments they make, you will be astounded (as was I) by the amazingly long list of instruments, some of which you may have heard of, but loads of the literally dozens of different types of instrument they make will be totally unknown to you I am sure.
Do you have any idea what a Kalimba or Thumb Piano might be? Nor have i.
Not surprisingly these instruments are not cheap, prices ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars, but given the nature of their products, these prices seem totally reasonable to me. Obviously all of these instruments can be ordered directly from them online, and to help those of you, who like me, are not fully informed about what a Stroh Horn Violin might actually sound like, they kindly have small videos of many of their instruments to allow you to see and hear them on action – So this is what a Stroh Horn Violin both looks and sounds like in action – It will cost you $999 by the way should you fall in love with it and simply have to own one of your own.
Hi, well I am still wandering around the deeper and odder depths of Youtube to see what I might stumble upon, and this time I have come up with a rich haul of musical oddities, well, not so much musical oddities as odd musical instruments, which of course means that the music is also rather odd.
I enjoy finding musical instruments that people invent for one reason or another, mainly I suppose because they desire a particular sound that no existing instrument is capable of giving them, and some of them are truly weird.
The first one is an enormous instrument called The Earth Harp, which is the invention of a curious bloke called William Close, obviously a man with one hell of a broad vision to life. I shall offer you two videos of this instrument, the first being from that tedious show called “….. Has Talent”, as in this video he gives a short explanation of the instrument, and then plays it to universal acclaim. The second video is someone else playing the Earth Harp at a TEDeX talk, so the instrument is properly explained, mostly in the “about under the video window if you watch the video on Youtube, rather than the somewhat showy approach used in the “America Has Talent” version.
I apologies for the long run in before we actually hear the instrument, but such is the way of such shows… Also for some reason whoever uploaded the video changed the format, so everyone is short and fat.. odd.
So here we go…………….
So, now you know roughly what it is all about, here is a different person playing it at a TedeX talk…
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 Bellowphone, The Oomphalopompatroniumand the splendidly namedThe 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……