Thursday, August 30, 2007

Odd Instruments Strike A Strange Chord

Orange, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One maverick musician is striking a strange chord with his odd sounds site. is a website that showcases an audacious acoustic array, including a “giant tuba,” which weighs 112 pounds and is eight feet tall, a “guitarpsichord,” which is half guitar, half harpsichord, and the strange sounds of the “bowafridgeaphone,” an instrument made from refrigerator grates, a metal salad bowl, and a bundt cake pan.

Website curator John Pascuzzi, who plays many of the instruments profiled on the site, says the real challenge isn’t hitting the notes, it’s getting the audience to take him seriously.

Pascuzzi, who goes by the band name “A Single Thread,” says, “You can stick a techno beat behind anything. The struggle is to try and not be gimmicky and remain accessible to listeners.”

So, while you might catch him rocking out on the wok-like Hang Drum or the Igil – a two-stringed instrument used in Mongolian throat singing – there’s still a part of the odd orchestra Pascuzzi hasn’t mastered.

He says, “Before the Igil, I never played any bowed instruments. I may try the cello later.”

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