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What's your favorite unconventional non-percussive musical instrument?

Don't say mayonnaise or horseradish or any other condiment, because that'd be classified as percussive. Anyone can bang two sticks together and call it music. I'm more talking about an instrument that can play an actual note. Can be electronic (but not completely a digital DAW/vst).

I think my favorite is maybe a hurdy gurdy? Those things are so interesting. Theremin + Tesla Coil is also really interesting (no, Edison did not invent the Theremin... Theremin did, and like 99% of the things attributed to him, he didn't invent it at all... goddamn thief)

I'm going to build a sstc tesla coil and have it play music (I have the skills to do so) but I don't have access to a theremin... could build one, it's mostly just a rod and some capacitors, but eh.
pagandad · 61-69, M
Jews Harp. It's an uncommon instrument today. If you don't play it right it can cut your tongue badly, and most people cannot get more than a "boing" out of it; but if you get the knack of it, and figure out the trick, you can get tunes out of it. The trick is similar to how you make different notes when whistling, varying the air cavity in your mouth.
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@TetrisGuy Oh yeah, Jaw harp, heard that a few times.
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@TetrisGuy DIDGERIDOO - does that count? Love that sound.
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@SW-User I have one, actually lol. They're awesome :D
A tesla coil would be fun to modulate at an audio rate, audio tones with possible lightning strikes if you stand too close.
I like playing my palms on the wall.
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@SomeLikeItHot Yeah Musk is a disgusting excuse of a person. Not that the tech isn't cool... but his actions are intolerable.
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You can tell he doesn’t respond in a serious manner. Must be the way all people in power act.
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@SomeLikeItHot Unfortunately so.
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@waleskinder That would destroy the poor clarinet oh god use a flute or something! xD
smoke that net ..
ReneeT · 61-69, M
I've always liked to hear a bagpipe. And the hurdy gurdy would be pretty interesting also
pagandad · 61-69, M
@ReneeT A hurdy-gurdy actually sounds a lot like a bagpipe. It has drone strings, and a melody string that is stopped to play the notes. The strings are rubbed by a wheel covered with rosined horse hair to vibrate them. In that way it is like a fiddle, the melody string is stopped and the stops are attached to keys. When played, it actually does sound very much like bagpipes.
ReneeT · 61-69, M
@pagandad Guess it does sound pretty similar.
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Accordion , it's my instrumento! Not percussion but may be not unconventional
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@SW-User Mmm more conventional, but at least not mainstream. I do enjoy a good accordion, especially when mixed into EDM.

This song has some accordion in it and it sounds really, really good (a game soundtrack--the game has the best soundtrack of any game I've played)

https://youtu.be/Nz3IFv49RKg
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
I like odd things.
Yidaki
Harmonica
Cimbalom

That kind of thing
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@Picklebobble2 Mmm, cimbalom sounds nice. Kinda makes me think if Tangerine Dream used not digital instruments, that's what they'd use.
xRedx · M
I don't have any
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Sharky86 · 31-35, M
I like the sound of cum. Splliiiiiiieeeeech!

And also the sound of balls on the ass while buttfucking or wagefucking from back, but that's considered percussions so it's not ok.
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRhO0MJIl58]
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@Picklebobble2 I do love the theremin lol
UndeadPrivateer · 26-30, M
Does a whamola count as a percussive instrument? :?
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@UndeadPrivateer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhsgY4kh_8E This? it looks more string-like.

Also I'm more referring to the percussion that is more beat-based than note-based. Instance IFL the tubular bells. It's percussion but you can play notes with it, same with marimbas/glockenspiel family.
UndeadPrivateer · 26-30, M
@TetrisGuy That is indeed it. It's considered a bass instrument. Pretty neat and I really like the sound it creates. I've seen Les Claypool use one in concerts and he does some pretty incredible things with it.
TetrisGuy · 22-25, M
@UndeadPrivateer It sounds pretty interesting!

 
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