Now keep reading about unusual musical instruments with weird names. Insider Monkey recently published an article about it. Playing on any instrument is one of the best things, but it’s even better if you play an instrument with your friends, or in an orchestra. There are instruments that are very popular and well-known, but there are also ones that have strange names. Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of unusual musical instruments with weird names from their list.

The first one can be Hornucopian Drone Pipe. Often, the difference between weird and creepy is hard to separate. The Hornucopian Drone Pipe sits comfortably somewhere between totally weird and totally creepy in our opinion. It is an entirely 3D-printed instrument designed by, Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg with musician Scott F. Hall. It is very dystopian looking as was intended by its creators. It’s also a part of an art display consisting of similar 3D-printed instruments. However, the Hornucopian Drone Pipe is fully functional. The next instrument on our list is Octobass. Octobass was designed and produced way back in 1850 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume a talented French violin maker. His intention was to come up with an instrument that would add a low-end rumble to any large orchestra. However, what sets this particular instrument apart is its sheer size and bulk. The player has to stand on a platform to be able to play the thing. The Octobass is huge, and probably the largest string musical instrument. At last, but not least we should mention Hydraulophone. The Hydraulophone, as the name suggests, takes advantage of water pressure to produce music. The player can interact with water-jets with his/her finger tips to manipulate the flow of water and in turn create beautiful melodies. It was invented by Steve Mann, it is in primarily used as sensory exploration instrument for people with low vision, and of course to create music.

For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 11 unusual musical instruments with weird names.


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