Invenstrument!

Invenstrument!
November 26, 2015 LearnMusic.Guide

Ok, so that’s not really a word! Invenstrument is a poor attempt at a word mash up to describe the art of inventing instruments. The mainstream musical instruments we love and play today, all seemed to have been developed in a time gone by. So, we ask the question, are new instruments still being invented? The answer is yes. There is even an annual competition for people to showcase their inventions and possibly win up to $10,000! So what weird and wonderful things have people created?

Gesture Based Performance System (GEPS) ! This is an instrument to be worn, it is basically a very clever glove. The sound is made by moving your hand in different sequences. An electric sound which could be ideal as a new percussion instrument.

The Organ! Of course we know the organ has been around for some time but this new “Tine Organ” is something to write home about. Matthew Steinke has invented a MIDI-controlled acoustic organ which mimics the haunting power of a cathedral organ. The clue is in the name, “tine”, and it conveniently sits on top of any table.

The Sponge! This is impressive. “The Sponge” is equipped with sensors that detect when it is touched, tapped, squeezed shaken and the sounds translate wirelessly. Invented by Martin Marier, this could finds it place in conventional music, albeit that it looks a little odd!

The Sponge! This is impressive. “The Sponge” is equipped with sensors that detect when it is touched, tapped, squeezed shaken and the sounds translate wirelessly. Invented by Martin Marier, this could finds it place in conventional music, albeit that it looks a little odd!

So there you have it! A small collection of weird and wonderful invented instruments, or invenstruments!

If you have invented your own instrument, or know of any others you think we should include on LMG please do let us know.

  • Very unusual

  • 🙂

  • Derek Anchan

    I wonder what they’ll come up with next. If the GEPS really produces results with gestures, it may by a good solution for a party out in the open without other instruments. However, I guess I’ll have to master the glove, so to speak. I like what the Sponge has to offer as well. The digital world has presented inventors a platform to think of instruments made of a few wires and sensors. it really does fit into the Wow category.Do bring us such news.