Just when you learned a few chords on the guitar or piano and thought they were the coolest musical instruments ever, we came up with this list that would just blow you away. They are unique, one of a kind and are absolutely awesome!
The World’s Largest Lithophone/ Great Stalacpipe Organ
A Lithophone is a musical instrument that consists of a rock or pieces of rock that produce musical notes when struck together. This instrument is not only located inside a cave, it is built out of the cave itself. The instrument or organ is comprised of 37 stalactites that are spread over a 3.5 acre area in the Luray caverns of Virginia.When a key is pressed on the organ, a mallet strikes one of the many stalactites spread over the cave and a specific note is produced. This note then resounds throughout the 64 acres of caverns and was the brainchild of Leyland Sprinkle. He spent three years shaving off stalactites to achieve perfect notes and sounds to produce the organ that exists to this day.
The Nano guitar
Guitars are cool, you know? You think of the romantic Italian crooning to your on his guitar or the hot blooded Spaniard playing a peppy number. Whichever way you look at it, a guitarist draws attention – and the right kind – if he or she is any good. To up the coolness factor, Dustin Carr of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility created the Nano guitar in 1997. Yes, you heard correct – it’s so small, you can’t see it, forget about plucking the strings slowly.The size of a red blood cell, you need to fire a laser to hit the strings. Alas, it’s so small you won’t be able to hear a note – but hey, it’s still cool!
The Lego Harpsichord
We loved it as kids; we also lost many of the pieces as kids. That being said, the incredibly patient Henry Lim took 2 years to construct this Harpsichord and it’s no small thing either. Forget about those little planes and structure we made as kids. This weighs 150 lbs so it’s not like you can sneak it away under your jacket. It has 61 keys and its strings exert a pressure of over 325 lbs of tension.By the by, He actually set out to create a piano, but that turned out to be too ambitious a project and settled for making a harpsichord instead. In case you’re wondering, a harpsichord is the pre-cursor to the piano. It goes without saying; this special harpsichord is not mass produced. If you want one, you gotta build it yourself.
The Laser Harp
If you think of the coolest musical instruments, a harp wouldn’t be one of
them. But give me one of these any day! Instead of traditional strings, it has lasers. When a laser beam is broken, a corresponding sound is produced. While the number of notes you can play is limited by the number of lasers, you can create the sound through digital manipulation, dance or even the simply plucking ‘Plink-Ploink’. You’ll have to get these ordered by laser harp enthusiast Steve Holby.
Wait, What? Think lightening; think the God of Thunder and perhaps you’ll be close to what it actually is. A play on Zeus and a sousaphone, this is basically a tesla coil that is harnessed to produce musical notes. It works by discharging sparks that are digitally modulated to produce musical notes.
Only simple chords are possible to be produced due to the spark’s passage in the air – but this is as close to magic as it gets.