According to the Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day website, this holiday was begun to recognize those instruments that you see occasionally, but aren’t very familiar with – cornets and euphoniums, bass clarinets and contrabass flutes. None of these came as a surprise to this band director’s daughter, but I still feel they’re worth celebrating.
Then the organizers of the day started to discover more uncommon instruments, and this time I really mean uncommon (see this list for examples, pictures, and audio):
- the didgeridoo – a “wooden trumpet”
- the daxophone – a wooden blade attached to a wooden block with contact microphones
- the bubble organ – balloons, water, old furniture, and rain gutters, that sounds like a very tuneful renditions made by kids blowing into their straws
- the aquaggaswack – tuned pot lids welded onto plumbing pipes
And, perhaps the weirdest group I’ve ever heard of: Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
Take that, elementary “make your own instrument” projects!
“My heart, O God, is steadfast,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.”