Do you remember the first time you heard a violin? Or the first time you heard a french horn, or electric bass, or a Roland 808? Like the taste of an apple, these memories are lost for many of us. So a new sound from a new instrument can be arresting. As it turns out, the DIY world has brought lost of new instruments into the world, and not just those embedded in a synth. Developed in the 80s, the daxophone by Hans Reichel is an electric wooden experimental musical instrument. Here’s more from CDM:
Created by Hans Reichel, the instrument is diverse in its playing methods. (Okay, Reichel is a typographer, yes, but also a musician and violinist and guitarist as well as luthier – and has his own approach to playing his invention.) There’s a wooden tongue, another wooden block, and some contact mics. Somehow the shape of the instrument and its cavities and materials and the use of the tongue make a kind of vocal puppet, producing that singing / speaking quality.
The “daxophone” is a new acoustic instrument invented in the 80s. Its creator was a German typographer. It’s name is derived from “badger.” It sounds like an half-human, half-alien vocal. And virtuoso Kazuhisa Uchihashi has been able to coax a whole album out of it – with jaw-dropping results.
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