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Fresh off of the heels of the Industrial Revolution, inventors like Ludwig Hupfeld found a niche creating innovative new ways to present music to the public. The Phonoliszt Violina was a groundbreaking invention with the capability to play three violins and a piano keyboard simultaneously and unassisted.
Disgraceland, hosted by Jake Brennan, is a no-holds-barred podcast that delves into the private, and sometimes violent, lives of popular musicians. Not even a year old, the program has already earned a place as #7 on the “Top Podcasts” chart released by Apple Podcasts.
You’ve heard it hundreds of times; the distant wailing that accompanies nightmares on the television screen. The not-quite-human sound has been haunting movie audiences and music lovers for more than forty years. It’s not a synthesizer, but the very real and unsettling call of the waterphone.
Introducing the offspring of a saxophone and technology, the Infinitone. This new take on the saxophone comes from American composer-inventor Subhraag Singh, who won the first prize for his invention at the 2017 Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Contest hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA).
The word “ocarina” comes from the Italian term for “little goose” due to its bird-like shape and nasal sound; it is also sometimes referred to as a globular flute.