Monday, September 4, 2006

Weird Musical Instruments Striking A Chord

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you want to hear a guitar player, just turn on the radio -- but if you want to hear someone strum the “jomama,” you’ll have to go to

It’s a website that, true to its name, features a variety of unusual instruments along with sound snippets.

One of those instruments is the “jomama,” a banjo- like instrument made from recycled grocery bags, black walnut wood and strings made from fishing line.

Website curator John Pascuzzi says the ``jomama'' is one of many instruments featured and, like the others, doesn’t follow conventional tuning methods by any means.

Other oddball instruments include something called the “Samchillian Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee,” a keyboard-like device where each key denotes a change in pitch, as opposed to a fixed pitch like conventional keyboards.

There’s also the “biklophone,” which uses a bicycle to amplify metal bowls and telephone bells.

Of course, if you’re just toying around with music, there’s always the harpsichord made completely from Legos.

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