Oddest Musical Instruments in the World

January 31, 2014

1. Octobass


You know what they say about a man and the size of his musical instrument, right? No? Me neither, but the inventor of this huge 3.48 meter tall double bass must have thought bigger was better. The Octobass is so massive that it is impossible to play without the use of pedals.

2. Ocarina


These wind instruments can be made in many shapes from ceramic, glass, wood, plastic or metal. Players blow into the ocarina and cover the instruments holes in varying patterns to play a tune. An ocarina was featured in the video game, The Legend of Zelda, making this instrument the choice of discriminating nerds everywhere.

3. Gameleste


This one-of-a-kind instrument was invented for use on Biophiia, an album from Björk, by Björgvin Tómasson. It is a cross between a gamelan and a celeste.

4. Zeusaphone


Based on a Tesla Coil, the Zeusaphone, or Singing Tesla Coil, uses low-voltage, high-frequency current to create music by adjusting the spark output. The Zeusaphone was featured on the soundtrack of Disney’s 2010 version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

5. Hurdy Gurdy


A Hurdy Gurdy is an instrument with a sound somewhere between a violin and the bagpipes. This folk instrument uses a hand crank to rub strings and a keyboard to change the tone. It is still popular at folk festivals in Europe.

6. Theremin


This early electrical instrument wins the award for being the most futuristic. Musicians play the Theremin by waving their hands between two antennae. One hand controls the pitch and the other changes the volume. The Theremin is a popular instruments for hobbyists to build at home.