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Discover The World Of Rare And Strange Musical Instruments

Art installations meet musical instrumentation in this archive of wonderful sound-making contraptions.

Hey, kid, check this out: a website, YouTube channel and Facebook page devoted to cataloging “unusual, original, traditional, homemade, rare and strange musical instruments.” On Rare And Strange Instruments you’ll find anything from a run-down on obscure French instrument creators to a collection of instances where musical MacGyvers fashioned sound-generators out of PVC pipes to make percussion or wind instruments. There’s even an entry on a “musical robot” that reminds us of subjects like the Analog Roland Orchestra and the mechanical sequencer BAM BAM, which you can check out below.


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