Strange instruments in an orchestra

By | April 12, 2021


There are a variety of strange types of instruments in orchestras. The Olive-Mead Quartet, a New York-based chamber music ensemble, broadens the spectrum by integrating folk instruments such as balalaika and domra. Composers such as Paul Creston write pieces that require the inclusion of pop musical instruments, such as the accordion. Then there are the more extreme experiments, such as Das erste Wiener Gemuseorchester, which translates to The First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. This Austrian ensemble performs music with instruments consisting only of vegetables, resulting in innovations such as the cuke-o-phone, radish marimba, carrot flute, pumpkin bass and leek oil. In the same way, the Gas Tank Orchestra has avant-garde sounds that are performed on gas tanks that are balanced from the street and modified with saw blades, PVC pipes and pipes.


Strong instruments in orchestras require closer, reflective listening on the part of the audience and attentive and sometimes acrobatic performance on the part of the artists. Both parties have increased conceptual engagement with the piece. Strong instruments drive the development of classical music into the realm of modern experimentation and broaden its range.


Some strange instruments in orchestras contain detritus of consumer culture. Such is the case with The Modified Toy Orchestra. The musicians are party tech geek and part musical maestros. The Birmingham band reflects children’s toys such as the Fisher Price record player, Speak ‘n’ Spells and talking toys, engages in some creative conducting and makes beautiful music under the direction of a conductor.


Experimentation in orchestra The instrument has reached new heights with the help of technology. Philharmonik Classik Edition Orchestra Module is a machine that recreates the instruments of a full orchestra. It has 250 orchestral sounds and 1.5 GB of samples. MOTU’s Symphonic Instrument is a plugin contraption that provides an 8GB library of orchestral samples for composers to sequence and modify. Gary Garritan Jazz & amp; Big Band Collection gives a similar performance in the jazz and big band genre.

Expert Insight

In the song ‘Strange Orchestras’, performed by T. Rex, Marc Bolan has written about the ultimate orchestral experiment:’ Saw a face in a conical tip, it was a strange orchestra. Mannequin skin pounded on a bass drum, strange orchestra. Lilliputian, evil in the eyes of man with a harp. He longs for the perch to hide under the mountains of the mole skin. A big cat like the t-tyrannosaurus goes to Lilliput. The ensemble makes a small ass, the cellist solos. The sky swarms and the bass string drags and they stand statue. Then they giggle and they sway through the door in the big dark oak tree. ‘ This song captures the avant-garde spirit and vision of many orchestras that contain strange instruments in their performances. Alex Ferris developed the anarchist, a conglomeration of sonic sculptures, in response to his feeling that the art of creating music should not be effective, or should be predictable. Instead of creating synthesizers and digital equipment that are less labor intensive, he developed instruments that require more work, or play an instrument with his arms or legs instead of his fingers. Therefore, musicians and spectators have to reconsider orchestral music. Many compositions and ensembles that contain strange instruments strive to achieve this effect of discordance and reflection on the boundaries between traditional and modern music, or between music and sound.