Because normal is boring.
Leave it to a Mancunian to use scissors as a musical instrument. Yep that’s right, the kitchen utensil, or the things you use to cut hair, can also double as a musical instrument (tell your stylist that, next time you’re in for a trim). After seeing the clip of Liam Gallagher’s band mate playing the scissors, it got me thinking what other strange instruments are out there. This Google deep dive led to a lot of weird results and I’m going to share them with you, whether you like it or not. So here we go it’s about to get weird up in here.
The first of the five is not too strange, but a little eccentric. We all know the iconic image of Slash with his two-neck guitar, but can you imagine it with a 12-neck guitar! Japanese artist Yoshihiko Saton created a 12-neck guitar that is epic to look at! Although, it is an art piece the guitars are functional. However, I don’t think it’s a very practical instrument (I mean imagine trying to run around the stage with that round your neck!)
From 12-neck guitars to something even cooler… Vegetables. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for getting your five a day, but people we are eating valuable instruments! Founded in Vienna in 1998, the vegetable orchestra play to a worldwide audience. It is made up of artists from different backgrounds, making a unique, once in a lifetime show. If I say so myself they make a healthy sound (get it!).
So we have vegetables, excessively necked guitars, what about fences. No, hitting your wooden fence outside with a stick doesn’t count. Jon Rose is an Australian fencologist (a what?). Rose is able to make music by playing barbed fences with a bow. He has been playing the fence for over 30 years, and in his career he has been able to play the 1967 border of Syria and Israel. Am I the only one who thinks that’s pretty cool, imagine telling your grandkids, ‘oh yeah I played the border fence with a bow, no biggy!’
This next one is extremely weird, like on the ‘Stranger things’ scale weird. It’s called a Badgermin, and yes, I too replied WTF! A Badgermin is a mounted (taxidermy) Badger that encases a Theremin (I’m still confused). The Theremin is a Russian instrument, which creates strange electronic sounds, and it is controlled without physical contact. By crossing this with a badger (the most obvious mixture) you then get a Badgermin (and there was me thinking the triangle was the most elaborate instrument).
Our fifth and final instrument is a little closer to home (for me). Looking over Burnley is a huge sculpture called the Singing Ringing Tree. A series of metal pipes make up the large structure, as the wind picks up the metal tree is able to sing (its like a huge harmonica in the shape of a tree). I have been to see this and honestly it was the creepiest thing. It’s in the middle of a secluded field, and there isn’t many people or cars around. It’s silent and then as the wind makes itself known the sculpture makes this spooky howl. It enhances the haunted atmosphere, especially when paired with the Pendle witch stories.
So there we have it, five of the weirdest musical instruments. please say I’m not the only one creeped out by the badger. Liam Gallagher has a long way to go to out weird some of these beauties.