Over the years, music lovers around the world have been treated to the invention of several musical instruments. While some vanished without a trace, others went on to become powerful tools that could reshape the music industry completely. Here are 4 such musical instruments that can be collectively described in just one word; amazing.
The Marble Machine
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Devised by Martin Molin, the Marble Machine uses over 2000 marbles to create a sound that can only be described as euphoric. The music box that it is, the marble machine consists of several levers, gears and pulleys which lift, drop and shoot marbles with great precision into a well-organized assembly line. After striking a note with a percussion instrument like a bass guitar or a vibraphone bar, the marbles roll back into the line waiting for their next note.
ACPAD MIDI Controller
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Now you can turn any of your acoustic guitars into a complete orchestra with the help of the ACPAD MIDI Controller. This wireless controller is the first of its kind in the world and owes its design to German musician Robin Sukroso. All one needs to do is place the controller on the acoustic guitar’s surface. Once done, this allows hundreds of instruments, samples, effects and loops to be played from the guitar.
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The Kurv is an air guitar that makes use of a touchpad and sensors to help you emulate the music played by any bass, electric or acoustic guitar. Developed by a British startup company via crowdsourcing, the digital, string less guitar consists of two plastic pods that need to be strummed in the air to generate the notes pertaining to three different guitar modes.
The sensors are highly sensitive to even minimalistic gestures, with the touchpad adding effects like switching notes and bending pitches with a single turn of the wrist. Best of all, the compact nature of the Kurv guitar makes it easy for it to be easily carried around in your pocket.
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The Guitar Triller is a handheld accessory that aims to reintroduce the art of string striking to be used in playing bass and guitars. The Triller makes use of the force of gravity as well as the natural curling motion of one’s fingers to create notes on the strings it bounces across.
It comes with three holding positions as well as dozens of unique playing techniques, including harmonics, harp effects, overtones, tremolo, percussive power and brighter dynamics, etc., all of which could be accessed only with the help of multi effect processors and pedals before.
A lot of musical instruments we see today are bringing together design and technology in order to redefine the way we play and hear music. These musical instruments can very well be considered as the pioneers of the music industry in the coming years.