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What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 21

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

I'd not heard of an otamatone before but the I agree that the version of Bo Rhap is brilliant! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8s8-LD5io

The little squeaky "let me go"s were hilarious smiley - rofl


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 22

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

Isn't it a type of electronic keyboard?


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 23

Baron Grim

The Blue Man Group rendition of I Feel Love was pure awesome. And Venus Hum was just too cute in that electric dress.

That entire concert was just fantastic. I've got it on DVD. I also love the part where they use a grand piano... as a percussion instrument!

http://youtu.be/DQ8WMScV4KY




I once saw a nerve gas canister used as a musical instrument. I was at a Scottish music festival in Arlington, TX (near Dallas). A bagpipe and drum band from California, The Wicked Tinkers, played a song that normally features an anvil. A gas canister is much easier to tote around than an anvil, but sounds very similar.

http://youtu.be/c5qp1coKVNI


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 24

Pink Paisley

Perhaps the silliest part so far as The Blue Man Group is concerned, is that using an instrument made of drainage pipes, 3 people are engaged in playing part usually dealt with by a sequencer - program once press play and let it go.

PP.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 25

Icy North

JS Bach made a whole career out of an instrument built of drainage pipes.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 26

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

The barytone was kind of a silly instrument. Haydn's boss fancied himself a player of it, so Haydn had to write hundreds of pieces for him to play.

Of course, Haydn wrote more music than he had to in *any* genre he chose.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 27

Pink Paisley

The Flopotron. Hawaii 5-0.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32kWuKysE6A&t=47s

PP.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 28

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

smiley - snork


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 29

You can call me TC

I would like to add to the list the typewriter as used in Leroy Anderson's famous piece but there really is nothing silly about a typewriter.

This is rather a good rendering - had me grinning before it even started!

http://youtu.be/g2LJ1i7222c


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 30

Caiman raptor elk - Infinity lies outside the box

I think the singing saw is worth mentioning (hand saw played with a violin bow). I have once witnessed someone perform on an inverted cast iron wok pan, which could produce an amazing range of sounds.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 31

Baron Grim

These guys Rage Against playing serious instruments.

http://youtu.be/wdepf8H4Lgc

Here's their obligatory Bohemian Rhapsody cover.

http://youtu.be/ZbZz4Odql6w


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 32

Pink Paisley

My new favourite band.

PP.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 33

Pink Paisley

And I love the fact that they have proper flight cases for their amps.

PP.


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 34

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Now that's the way to play a Stylophone smiley - cool Another awesome Bo Rhap smiley - ok

That was an excellent rendition of The Typewriter smiley - laughsmiley - ok


What is the silliest musical instrument?

Post 35

paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants

smiley - applause


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