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30th Mar '18 4:48:07 PM jormis29
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* The Sewerphone created by Eric Nagler, as seen on Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show. This thing used plumbing pipe, with a ''washing machine agitator'' as a bell.

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* The Sewerphone created by Eric Nagler, as seen on Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show.''Series/SharonLoisAndBramsElephantShow''. This thing used plumbing pipe, with a ''washing machine agitator'' as a bell.
11th Mar '18 3:34:45 PM WillKeaton
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* There is [[http://chalmersbarockensemble.se/eng/index.html a student symphony orchestra in Göteborg, Sweden]], that ends all their concertos with the same piece. It's called "Joke". Its most distinctive feature is that the percussion consists of a toilet being smashed to pieces.

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* There is [[http://chalmersbarockensemble.se/eng/index.html a student symphony orchestra in Göteborg, Sweden]], Sweden,]] that ends all their concertos with the same piece. It's called "Joke". Its most distinctive feature is that the percussion consists of a toilet being smashed to pieces.



* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2t5CpIMZQk Kitara]], no not [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara]], is a synthesizer made for guitarists. It gained more attention when Music/{{Muse}} used it for their song "Madness".

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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2t5CpIMZQk Kitara]], Kitara,]] no not [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara]], is a synthesizer made for guitarists. It gained more attention when Music/{{Muse}} used it for their song "Madness".
11th Mar '18 3:34:01 PM WillKeaton
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeusaphone Zeusaphone]], a.k.a. the Thoremin. It's a Tesla coil that plays music. Loudly.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka_(instrument) Bazooka]], invented by radio comedian Bob Burns and popularized in the 1930's, lent its name to a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rocket launcher. Would be the TropeNamer if it wouldn't lead to too much confusion with the anti-tank weapon, the bubble gum, or one of many euphemisms for breasts.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeusaphone Zeusaphone]], Zeusaphone,]] a.k.a. the Thoremin. It's a Tesla coil that plays music. Loudly.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka_(instrument) Bazooka]], Bazooka,]] invented by radio comedian Bob Burns and popularized in the 1930's, lent its name to a UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo rocket launcher. Would be the TropeNamer if it wouldn't lead to too much confusion with the anti-tank weapon, the bubble gum, or one of many euphemisms for breasts.



* And its counterpart for lots of SciFi made a few years on either side of 1980, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_Beam Blaster Beam]]. Ironically, the Blaster Beam is less xeno than many of the items on this page, being little more than a very, ''very'' large lap steel guitar.
* Music/BlueManGroup has put together many odd contraptions, most of them based on the principle of the bamboo xylophone, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOLBn8GKBlA the drumbone]].
* Apparently, the original "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazen_bull Brazen Bull]]" was an [[IncrediblyLamePun instrument of murder]]: a bound prisoner would be forced inside, the only supply of air linked to a horn. Then the outside would be roasted, and the prisoner's screams as he was being cooked alive would sound like the lows of a bull.

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* And its counterpart for lots of SciFi made a few years on either side of 1980, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_Beam Blaster Beam]]. Beam.]] Ironically, the Blaster Beam is less xeno than many of the items on this page, being little more than a very, ''very'' large lap steel guitar.
* Music/BlueManGroup has put together many odd contraptions, most of them based on the principle of the bamboo xylophone, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOLBn8GKBlA the drumbone]].
drumbone.]]
* Apparently, the original "[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazen_bull Brazen Bull]]" "Brazen Bull"]] was an [[IncrediblyLamePun instrument of murder]]: a bound prisoner would be forced inside, the only supply of air linked to a horn. Then the outside would be roasted, and the prisoner's screams as he was being cooked alive would sound like the lows of a bull.



* The Bowed Piano Ensemble. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y6kXnc9llw Listen here]].
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trautonium Trautonium]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGQfUJOifo Oomphalapompatronium]].

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* The Bowed Piano Ensemble. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y6kXnc9llw Listen here]].
here.]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trautonium Trautonium]]
Trautonium.]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGQfUJOifo Oomphalapompatronium]].Oomphalapompatronium.]]



* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_cello pogo cello]], a honking clattering percussion-thingy.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_cello pogo cello]], cello,]] a honking clattering percussion-thingy.



* The [[https://youtu.be/IvUU8joBb1Q Marble Machine]], built for 14 months by the Swedish band Wintergatan. To play it, one must turn the crank while simultaneously pulling down levers and pressing on the bass strings so that the marbles fall into place and make the desired sound effect (xylophone, bass, or drums).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motograter The Motograter]], used and invented by the [[Main/NuMetal Nu Metal]] band of the same name.

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* The [[https://youtu.be/IvUU8joBb1Q Marble Machine]], Machine,]] built for 14 months by the Swedish band Wintergatan. To play it, one must turn the crank while simultaneously pulling down levers and pressing on the bass strings so that the marbles fall into place and make the desired sound effect (xylophone, bass, or drums).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motograter The Motograter]], Motograter,]] used and invented by the [[Main/NuMetal Nu Metal]] band of the same name.
2nd Mar '18 5:06:15 AM ZanderSchubert
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* Music/BlueManGroup has put together many odd contraptions, most of them based on the principle of the bamboo xylophone, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-nzQg97uUs the drumbone]].

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* Music/BlueManGroup has put together many odd contraptions, most of them based on the principle of the bamboo xylophone, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-nzQg97uUs com/watch?v=dOLBn8GKBlA the drumbone]].
29th Jan '18 12:04:46 PM DarcyFoster
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* One of the interval acts of the Series/EurovisionSongContest in 2016 was a pastiche of previous entries under the guise of how to write the perfect Eurovision entry. One of the steps was to feature an ethnic but unknown instrument. The example was the "Swedish kvinnaböske". The host then advises viewers to "just make something up [as] no-one will know".
3rd Nov '17 3:24:16 PM DaibhidC
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** The pipe organs created by [[BunglingInventor Bloody Stupid Johnson]] and situated in Unseen University (as seen in Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' and ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}) and the Ankh-Morpork Opera House (seen in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'')are so complicated and laden with special effects that only the Librarian can properly play them, with all four limbs. The UU one also happens to be crosslinked with the pipes in the Archchancellor's bathroom, unbeknownst to anyone. ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' has another Johnson in the vampire castle, this one dedicated to horror-movie sound effects.

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** The pipe organs created by [[BunglingInventor Bloody Stupid Johnson]] and situated in Unseen University (as seen in Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' and ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}) ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'') and the Ankh-Morpork Opera House (seen in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'')are ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'') are so complicated and laden with special effects that only the Librarian can properly play them, with all four limbs. The UU one also happens to be crosslinked with the pipes in the Archchancellor's bathroom, unbeknownst to anyone. ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' has another Johnson in the vampire castle, this one dedicated to horror-movie sound effects.
21st Sep '17 2:39:38 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', Slartibartfast was planning on spending his retirement learning to play the octravental heebiephone, despite not having enough mouths.
21st Sep '17 2:33:58 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', a pipe organ created by [[BunglingInventor Bloody Stupid Johnson]] is so complicated and laden with special effects that only the Librarian can properly play it, with all four limbs. It also happens to be crosslinked with a fancy bath in another building, unbeknownst to anyone.

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* In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', a ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The
pipe organ organs created by [[BunglingInventor Bloody Stupid Johnson]] is and situated in Unseen University (as seen in Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' and ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}) and the Ankh-Morpork Opera House (seen in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'')are so complicated and laden with special effects that only the Librarian can properly play it, them, with all four limbs. It The UU one also happens to be crosslinked with a fancy bath the pipes in another building, the Archchancellor's bathroom, unbeknownst to anyone.anyone. ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' has another Johnson in the vampire castle, this one dedicated to horror-movie sound effects.
21st Sep '17 2:28:00 PM DaibhidC
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** [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Fazoobs The Fazoobs]] are a Koozbanian band who play ''each other''.
9th May '17 5:23:11 AM WillBGood
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** After he tuned a violin for a friend, it emitted a [[{{Kiai}} shrieking sound that could paralyze people]].

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** After he tuned a violin for a friend, it emitted a [[{{Kiai}} [[BrownNote shrieking sound that could paralyze people]].
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