Musical instruments from around the world

Taras Kalapun
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A Japanese instrument maker with his trumpet made from a bell pepper and a cucumber has been making its rounds on the internet, so I'll bring a few other interesting instruments from elsewhere in the world. YouTube user 13strings (account currently closed) made an open call: to have everyone show their own home-made instruments on YouTube, and replies have rolled in including the following three: a whole orchestra made from recycled cans and plastic soda-bottles, how to make didgeridoos, a bottle wind and water organ. From another place in the world, an instrument that may not be home made but certainly has a distinctive sound: the hurdy gurdy.

From Brazil, jamilgiudice has at least 5 different instruments made from recycled soft drink cans and bottles.

From Australia, gwdidg shows us how aborigines harvest from termite hollowed-out gum trees what is possibly the world's oldest wind instrument, the didgeridoo:

From Singapore, einrahseinraw blows into tuned bottles, takes pictures of himself and proceeds to mix them up to play Toccata et Fugue in D Minor by Bach:

And to wrap things up, thanks to avinograd from Russia comes a beautifully rhythmic traditional folk song played in an instrument I had never seen in my life, the hurdy gurdy or gironde:


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