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Old 09-23-2009, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Most Unusual Instruments Used in Bands...

well I know Incubus play the didgeridoo from time to time, but who else plays something really bizarre in a band??
I'm a bassoonist myself, i challenge someone to find a band that includes that?!! (i think there's a reason why you won't find anything)

anyway....

- Portico Quartet (Mercury Award nominees last year) have a hang player (a sort of flying saucer shaped metal gong that sounds a bit like a steel drum...really lovely sound)

- Speed Caravan have an oud player (sort of like a lute, used in a lot of Arabic music), and he amplifies it which is quite unusual. plus he's a phenomenal player so well worth checking out.

oo and i saw a band with a bass keytar player recently, that was pretty cool.


any more??? (unusual effects on instruments welcomed too!! like sigur ros and people)
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I always thought it interesting when I see a person playing a keyharp (nyckelharpa) in a band. It is an extremly difficult instrument to play so it is always admirable to see it being played well.

Mats Wester plays keyharp for Nordman:


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Old 09-23-2009, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Cassettes utilizes a Theremin.

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Old 09-24-2009, 06:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Speed Caravan

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- Portico Quartet (Mercury Award nominees last year) have a hang player (a sort of flying saucer shaped metal gong that sounds a bit like a steel drum...really lovely sound)

- Speed Caravan have an oud player (sort of like a lute, used in a lot of Arabic music), and he amplifies it which is quite unusual. plus he's a phenomenal player so well worth checking out.
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haha just heard the speed caravan cover of galvanise. brilliant!
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Here's Speed Caravan doing Galvanise!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've seen bands use a saw, spoons, kazoos, glockenspiel, harmonium all by on e band in one set
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Singing Saw. Julian Koster is probs the most well known musican to use it
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i remember seeing a bjork performance in which one of the instruments was a guy shifting sand/small rocks with his feet.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Brings tears (of laughter) to my eyes
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