History has given us a rich heritage in the form of musical instruments.

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2020-09-29 17:39:42

Music has been side by side with humanity since ancient times. Ever since the days when our ancestors roamed in caves, even then you could hear the first rudiments of what today is called music.

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Throughout history, our planet has been home to countless musical geniuses. From Claudio Monteverdi and Richard Wagner to Foo Fighters and Justin Timberlake, we always had something to listen to. But, what is more incredible is how many unique musical instruments have appeared and disappeared over the course of these centuries. And although some of them, in the end, disappeared at the margins of history, many survived to this day and are used today.

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It is hard to believe that when, until very recently, it was necessary to rent a whole studio, with more than 20 musical instruments, in order to create some kind of unique musical piece. Nowadays, this requires a laptop and talent. And the craftsmen upload their works to almost open access on the Internet, on such online platforms as taketones.com, which store a huge amount of royalty-free music, distributed under licenses.

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Just like that, what was available only to the elect 300 years ago, became available to anyone on the planet who has access to the Internet and 20 dollars of free money.

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But our article is not about that. More precisely, not quite about that. Musical history, without a doubt, gave us a huge amount of talent. But also, it gave us a large number of rare and unique musical instruments, not many of which, unfortunately, survived to this day. Our article is about them. About the rarest, or, if you like, strange musical instruments that you may be lucky enough to meet in your life at least once.

Singing Ringing Tree

When you first see this instrument, it will be hard to convince you that this is, in fact, a musical instrument. In fact, this is a 3-meter sculpture of an unusual shape, created from many steel pipes. The first thing that comes to mind is some kind of perverted form of modern art, but this is not entirely true.

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Singing Ringing Tree was created in 2006 by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu. It was created in a single copy and is located in Burnley, England. What kind of music does it extract? The answer is very simple, this tool uses the wind. The fact is that it is located at an altitude in the hilly area, known for its strong winds. Winds passing through these steel pipes make a sound. And each time it is a unique sound. It depends on the direction, speed, and source of the wind. As a result, the listener receives a dissonant choral orchestra of trumpet instruments created by mother nature herself. Real magic.

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A feature of this tool is that it is controlled not by man, but by nature itself. And this means that it sounds 24/7, without any human involvement. Only in rare moments, when absolute calm prevails on the slopes of Lancashire, the choral ballads of the wind subside and give only a small echo, which, nevertheless, is perfectly noticeable to the listener.

Cajon

From the pronunciation itself, it is clear that this is something Spanish. And here the story is ready to catch you. Because in fact, the history of this musical instrument is completely different.

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Initially, the Cajon was invented by African slaves in Peru, as a simple percussion instrument used in ritual dances and other events, in order to add rhythm to the action. This was the era of colonial empires, and Peru was one of the parts of Spain’s vast colony in South America. It was there that the first rudiments of Cajon were born as an instrument of slaves, calling on the brothers for freedom.

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They were playing Cajon, of course, with their hands. The structure of the instrument is quite simple. In fact, it is a wooden box that has several holes. Sound production depends on where you hit the box. Of course, timbre, beat, power, and dynamics also have their own meaning.

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Today, Cajon is by no means the most common instrument from the genus of African percussion. However, it can be found in specialized stores and a lot of information about it stored on the Internet. What is not enough is the professional players on the Cajon.

Jew's harp

Oh, we bet that many of you, if not all, have heard the sounding of that thing. You could hear this musical instrument in the music of Ennio Morricone, which he wrote for the Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy. Oh yes, we are talking about that strange sound that you heard but could not understand how it was extracted. He was recovered on Jew's Harp.

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The tool is installed in the mouth. The oral cavity and pharynx, as well as the nasal cavity and lower respiratory tract, serve as a resonator that enhances the volume. By controlling the work of the articulatory apparatus and breathing, they change the timbre of the sound of the Jew's Harp due to the amplification of certain overtones in its sound spectrum, while the main tone sounds constant.

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This tool has a rich culture, and you are unlikely to be able to find a person who owns it perfectly. However, both the instrument and the craftsmen to play can still be found in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Russia.

Summing Up

History has given us a rich heritage in the form of musical instruments. Our task is to protect this heritage and transfer knowledge and skills to future generations. Because music never disconnects. Music is something that unites completely different nations from around the world in a single rush. And it is worthy of respect.

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As you may have noticed, the instruments presented in this article are just a small part of those rare musical instruments that you can still find in our world. And most importantly, they are all represented by different cultures, created at different times, and have a different history. And yet, you can still find them today. It is expensive, and we want this trend to continue further.

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