History Main / EverythingIsanInstrument

17th Jul '16 4:33:30 PM dvorak
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* "[[http://youtu.be/rEeiRXOlWUE Starmachine2000]]", by the Swedish band Wintergatan, uses a slide projector to play the beats. And the slides used are actually frames of a stop-motion video. So the projector plays both music and movie!

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* "[[http://youtu.be/rEeiRXOlWUE Starmachine2000]]", by the Swedish band Wintergatan, uses a slide projector to play the beats. And the slides used are actually frames of a stop-motion video. So the projector plays both music and movie!movie! They also have ''The Marble Machine'', which is a hand-cranked analog computer that plays a xylophone, drum kit, and guitar by dropping ball bearings on them.
* Early floppy games could use the stepper motors in their floppy drives to play music. One Pawel Zadrozinak built an instrument called "The Floppotron" that uses this to play surprisingly complex (albeit grunting and buzzing) remixes of several songs on a horde of floppy drives.
2nd Jul '16 2:30:23 PM Twentington
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* The intro to "Hardware Store" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic features a hammer, an unspecified power tool, and a hand saw.

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** "Another One Rides the Bus" features percussion provided by beating on an accordion case.
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The intro to "Hardware Store" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic features a hammer, an unspecified power tool, and a hand saw.



* Hammers are popular musical instruments for songs with "hammer" in the title. The Music/IndigoGirls used a hammer and a nail to accompany "Hammer and a Nail", while on Music/JohnnyCash's cover of "The Legend of Myth/JohnHenry's Hammer", a hammer was used to accompany the song.

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* Hammers are popular musical instruments for songs with "hammer" in the title. The Music/IndigoGirls used a hammer and a nail to accompany "Hammer and a Nail", while on Music/JohnnyCash's cover of "The Legend of Myth/JohnHenry's John Henry's Hammer", a hammer was used to accompany the song.
23rd Jun '16 4:47:07 AM StFan
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The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_CTYymbbEL4#t=93s Blue Danube Waltz]] is very popular for this kind of treatment.






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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_CTYymbbEL4#t=93s Blue Danube Waltz]] is very popular for this kind of treatment.
** An ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short had Wakko performing the Blue Danube using belches.
** Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Homer munching the Blue Danube whilst in space.
** ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has used "The Exploding ''Blue Danube''."
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' has Mickey and Baby Shelby playing "The Blue Danube". Mickey plays on Shelby's shell like a xylophone, and Shelby does "ha ha"s to do the notes.
** Someone once submitted a clip to ''You've Been Framed'' featuring two men doing the Blue Danube, with armpit burps.
** [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller]] demonstrates using his synthesizer keyboard to make fake coughing sounds by playing "The Blue Danube".
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' features the aptly named "Marty the Rabbit Boy and his Musical Blender" playing Blue Danube on well, a blender.
** ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did a neat little skit set in a library, with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and company playing it by coughing, rustling papers, tapping pencils, etc., and a librarian trying to shush them. [[spoiler:Failing in this, she appoints herself conductor.]]
* The World 1-1 theme from the original Mario has been played on everything capable of making a sound. Don't believe me? Go to Website/{{Youtube}}.
** There's even a guy who did it using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_PHLUvDZSg a pair of Tesla coils.]]
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* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_CTYymbbEL4#t=93s Blue Danube Waltz]] is very popular for this kind of treatment.
** An ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short had Wakko performing the Blue Danube using belches.
** Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', with Homer munching the Blue Danube whilst in space.
** ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has used "The Exploding ''Blue Danube''."
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' has Mickey and Baby Shelby playing "The Blue Danube". Mickey plays on Shelby's shell like a xylophone, and Shelby does "ha ha"s to do the notes.
** Someone once submitted a clip to ''You've Been Framed'' featuring two men doing the Blue Danube, with armpit burps.
** [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Ferris Bueller]] demonstrates using his synthesizer keyboard to make fake coughing sounds by playing "The Blue Danube".
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' features the aptly named "Marty the Rabbit Boy and his Musical Blender" playing Blue Danube on well, a blender.
** ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did a neat little skit set in a library, with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and company playing it by coughing, rustling papers, tapping pencils, etc., and a librarian trying to shush them. [[spoiler:Failing in this, she appoints herself conductor.]]
* The World 1-1 theme from the original Mario has been played on everything capable of making a sound. Don't believe me? Go to Website/{{Youtube}}.
** There's even a guy who did it using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_PHLUvDZSg a pair of Tesla coils.]]
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* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe once rigged an '[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articulated_bus accordion bus]]' to actually play accordion music every time it went through a turn.

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* ComicBook/GastonLagaffe once rigged an '[[https://en."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articulated_bus accordion bus]]' bus]]" to actually play accordion music every time it went through a turn.



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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' the sultan had an organ where the notes played were screams of tortured people on the other side getting poked with spikes.
* On a similar vein, Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' had the Hallelujah chorus being sung by cavemen who had their feet and stomachs hit by rocks.
** Later on, in the ''Inquisition'' scene, he uses the knees of Jews as a xylophone, and a victim's head as a bongo.
* In the 1999 Disney film ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', the song "Trashin' the Camp" is this trope, with instruments ranging from a typewriter and glass bell-jar percussion to an (elephant-enhanced) gramophone trumpet.
* The 2010 movie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6atXeqyMQ Sound of Noise]]'' features a supposed terrorist group using Everything Is An Instrument as their weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Ewok celebration scene at the end shows one Ewok using sticks hitting stormtrooper helmets as a drum set.
* In a flashback scene in ''Film/TheRussiaHouse'' Creator/SeanConnery and some Russian friends play a tune using improvised instruments such as matchboxes.
* ''Film/DancerInTheDark'' features a song called "Cvalda", in which the rhythm is inspired by the noise of factory machinery.

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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' the sultan had an organ where the notes ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''. Cabaret jazz played were screams of tortured people on the other side getting poked with spikes.
* On a similar vein, Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' had the Hallelujah chorus being sung by cavemen who had their feet
newspapers, vacuum cleaners, and stomachs hit by rocks.
** Later on, in the ''Inquisition'' scene, he uses the knees of Jews as a xylophone, and a victim's head as a bongo.
* In the 1999 Disney film ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', the song "Trashin' the Camp" is this trope, with instruments ranging from a typewriter and glass bell-jar percussion to an (elephant-enhanced) gramophone trumpet.
* The 2010 movie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6atXeqyMQ Sound of Noise]]'' features a supposed terrorist group using Everything Is An Instrument as their weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Ewok celebration scene at the end shows one Ewok using sticks hitting stormtrooper helmets as a drum set.
* In a flashback scene in ''Film/TheRussiaHouse'' Creator/SeanConnery and some Russian friends play a tune using improvised instruments such as matchboxes.
* ''Film/DancerInTheDark'' features a song called "Cvalda", in which the rhythm is inspired by the noise of factory machinery.
bicycle spokes? [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Sold]].



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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' the sultan has an organ where the notes played are screams of tortured people on the other side getting poked with spikes.
* Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'':
** On a similar vein, the Hallelujah chorus is being sung by cavemen who have their feet and stomachs hit by rocks.
** Later on, in the "Inquisition" scene, he uses the knees of Jews as a xylophone, and a victim's head as a bongo.
* In the 1999 Disney film ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', the song "Trashin' the Camp" is this trope, with instruments ranging from a typewriter and glass bell-jar percussion to an (elephant-enhanced) gramophone trumpet.
* The 2010 movie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6atXeqyMQ Sound of Noise]]'' features a supposed terrorist group using Everything Is An Instrument as their weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Ewok celebration scene at the end shows one Ewok using sticks hitting stormtrooper helmets as a drum set.
* In a flashback scene in ''Film/TheRussiaHouse'' Creator/SeanConnery and some Russian friends play a tune using improvised instruments such as matchboxes.
* ''Film/DancerInTheDark'' features a song called "Cvalda", in which the rhythm is inspired by the noise of factory machinery.
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'': Ferris Bueller demonstrates using his synthesizer keyboard to make fake coughing sounds by playing "The Blue Danube".
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* In [[TheElricSaga Elric of Melniboné]], Elric is entertained by his court musician torturing a tuned array of slaves, each of which has been surgically altered to scream one perfect note.

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* In [[TheElricSaga ''[[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melniboné]], Melniboné]]'', Elric is entertained by his court musician torturing a tuned array of slaves, each of which has been surgically altered to scream one perfect note.



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* Ross in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' did this kind of music with his keyboard. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9nGyPz9uT0 The Bells of St Mary's]]''," where a man trained mice to squeak at a certain pitch. He played them by hitting them with giant hammers. As soon as he starts, two men rush the stage to drag him off.
** On their "Interesting People" sketch, they had "The March of the Men of Harlech", peformed on bicycle bells.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has "the beloved" Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, made up of talking fuzzballs who go "Ow!" in tune as Marvin hits them with a mallet.
** When Buddy Rich guest starred, he performed an extended percussion piece from his dressing room to his drum kit. In his own words, "When I play a theatre, I ''play'' the ''theatre''!"
* Joey D'Auria - the second and last Bozo on WGN-TV - did a bit called "Doctor Flamo" on ''Series/TheGongShow'' of the pig organ/mouse organ/Muppaphone variety: he held his hand over candles of vaious heights, his own screams of pain were the melody of the tune in question ("Love in Bloom" as I recall).
* ''Series/TheLateShow'' often had these kinds of acts - one had glass soft drink bottles which they stuck their fingers in and popped out for the sound.

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* Ross in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' did does this kind of music with his keyboard. HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had "''[[http://www.''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** "[[http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=F9nGyPz9uT0 The Bells of St Mary's]]''," Mary's]]", where a man trained mice to squeak at a certain pitch. He played them by hitting them with giant hammers. As soon as he starts, two men rush the stage to drag him off.
** On their "Interesting People" sketch, they had have "The March of the Men of Harlech", peformed performed on bicycle bells.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has "the beloved" Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, made up of talking fuzzballs who go "Ow!" in tune as Marvin hits them with a mallet.
** When Buddy Rich guest starred, he They also performed an extended percussion piece from his dressing room "The Exploding ''Blue Danube''."
* Someone once submitted a clip
to his drum kit. In his own words, "When I play a theatre, I ''play'' the ''theatre''!"
''You've Been Framed'' featuring two men doing "The Blue Danube" with armpit burps.
* Joey D'Auria - -- the second and last Bozo on WGN-TV - -- did a bit called "Doctor Flamo" on ''Series/TheGongShow'' of the pig organ/mouse organ/Muppaphone variety: he held his hand over candles of vaious heights, his own screams of pain were the melody of the tune in question ("Love in Bloom" as I recall).
* ''Series/TheLateShow'' often had these kinds of acts - -- one had glass soft drink bottles which they stuck their fingers in and popped out for the sound.



* ''Series/WallStreetWeek''s theme used a teletype machine.

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* ''Series/WallStreetWeek''s The theme used for ''Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser'' features a teletype machine.machine used as a percussion instrument.



** The tension music used for the announcement of the winner on ''Great British Menu'' is also performed on utensils.
* In the ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' episode covering "Ty's One-Man Band", Ben Vereen guest starred singing a song about this trope titled "It Sounds Like Music To Me".
* The theme for ''Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser'' featured a teletype machine used as a percussion instrument.
* Series/FlightOfTheConchords do this a few times, once in their New York apartment using both their instruments and whatever else was lying around, then again when they're deported and working as shepherds in New Zealand, including playing a wire fence as a bass and what appeared to be Jemaine playing a sheep as an accordion.

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** * The tension music used for the announcement of the winner on ''Great British Menu'' is also performed on utensils.
* In the ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' episode covering "Ty's One-Man Band", Ben Vereen guest starred singing a song about this trope titled "It Sounds Like Music To to Me".
* The theme for ''Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser'' featured a teletype machine used as a percussion instrument.
* Series/FlightOfTheConchords
''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'':
** They
do this a few times, once in their New York apartment using both their instruments and whatever else was lying around, then again when they're deported and working as shepherds in New Zealand, including playing a wire fence as a bass and what appeared to be Jemaine playing a sheep as an accordion.



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* The intro to Music/PinkFloyd's "Money" from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' has cash registers, coins and a paper ripping forming a melody. Other examples include "Time," from the same album, begins with several alarm clocks sounding at once; "Seamus", from ''Music/{{Meddle}}'', features a "solo" of barking and howling performed by a dog; and the ''Music/{{Animals}}'' album features sounds from the animals referenced in each song's title. The first part of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" also features a glass harp (rubbing wet fingers against the rims of wineglasses.) In fact, Pink Floyd even had plans to release an album called ''Household Objects,'' an album that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin would feature music made from common every day items]], but the idea was eventually scrapped.
*** The two songs recorded in the ''Household Objects'' sessions were eventually released on the 2011 box set reissues of Music/DarkSideOfTheMoon and Music/WishYouWereHere.
* NilsFrahm does this quite often; his piece "Toilet Brushes" starts of with him playing the strings of a piano with ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He also makes HEAVY use of sequence repeaters. It. Is. AWESOME!!!(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdu8Yek_-Aw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aln6DztAsMQ)

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* Music/PinkFloyd:
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The intro to Music/PinkFloyd's "Money" from ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' has cash registers, coins and a paper ripping forming a melody. melody.
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Other examples include "Time," "Time" from the same album, which begins with several alarm clocks sounding at once; once/
**
"Seamus", from ''Music/{{Meddle}}'', features a "solo" of barking and howling performed by a dog; and the dog.
** The
''Music/{{Animals}}'' album features sounds from the animals referenced in each song's title. title.
**
The first part of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" also features a glass harp (rubbing wet fingers against the rims of wineglasses.) )
**
In fact, Pink Floyd even had plans to release an album called ''Household Objects,'' an album that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin would feature music made from common every day items]], but the idea was eventually scrapped.
***
scrapped. The two songs recorded in the ''Household Objects'' sessions were eventually released on the 2011 box set reissues of Music/DarkSideOfTheMoon ''Music/DarkSideOfTheMoon'' and Music/WishYouWereHere.
''Music/WishYouWereHere''.
* NilsFrahm Music/NilsFrahm does this quite often; his piece "Toilet Brushes" starts of with him playing the strings of a piano with ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He also makes HEAVY use of sequence repeaters. It. Is. AWESOME!!!(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdu8Yek_-Aw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aln6DztAsMQ)



** Music/BrianEno included a typewriter solo on his song "China My China."

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** * Music/BrianEno included a typewriter solo on his song "China My China."



* Matmos is well-known for making music out of found sounds. On one album they only used squicky medical sounds -- just guess what the songs "California Rhinoplasty" and "Lipo Studio" sample most.
** "For Felix (And All The Rats)" from the same album - ''A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure'' - uses the bowed bars of their deceased pet rat's cage as the primary sound source. [[TearJerker It is truly heartbreaking.]]

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* Matmos is well-known for making music out of found sounds. sounds.
**
On one album they only used squicky medical sounds -- just guess what the songs "California Rhinoplasty" and "Lipo Studio" sample most.
** "For Felix (And All The Rats)" from the same album - -- ''A Chance To to Cut Is A a Chance To to Cure'' - -- uses the bowed bars of their deceased pet rat's cage as the primary sound source. [[TearJerker It is truly heartbreaking.]]



* The Music/BlueManGroup actually builds their own instruments out of PVC piping and other materials. That "swishing" noise you hear on some of their songs ("Utne Wire Man" most notably) is really just them swinging really long aerials.
** It's worth noting that the liner notes for ''Audio'' go into detail on how they assemble their instruments... and mention one of their ''failures''.

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* The Music/BlueManGroup actually builds their own instruments out of PVC piping and other materials. That "swishing" noise you hear on some of their songs ("Utne Wire Man" most notably) is really just them swinging really long aerials.
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aerials. It's worth noting that the liner notes for ''Audio'' go into detail on how they assemble their instruments... and mention one of their ''failures''.



* ''The Lumberjack''. Say what you want about Jackyl, that song is badass.
** For those of you not in on this, [[http://www.last.fm/music/Jackyl/_/The+Lumberjack?autostart give this a listen.]]

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* ''The Lumberjack''. Say what you want about Jackyl, that song is badass.
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badass. For those of you not in on this, [[http://www.last.fm/music/Jackyl/_/The+Lumberjack?autostart give this a listen.]]



* "Bicycle Race" by Music/{{Queen}} has a solo on the bicycle bell.
** And Seaside Rendezvous, with the incredible solo of band members faking trumpets and the shoetapping with fingers and bottle caps. Yes, it's true.

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* Music/{{Queen}}:
**
"Bicycle Race" by Music/{{Queen}} Race" has a solo on the bicycle bell.
** And Seaside Rendezvous, "Seaside Rendezvous", with the incredible solo of band members faking trumpets and the shoetapping with fingers and bottle caps. Yes, it's true.



* One of ''Music/FrankZappa'''s earliest TV appearances had him playing the Bicycle on the Steve Allen show.
** He even tries to get Allen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9P2V0_p6vE involved with it]]. By the way, can you believe ''that's'' Frank?
** Car horns and toy horns are also heard during pieces from ''Music/BurntWeenySandwich'' and "City Of Tiny Lites" from ''Music/SheikYerbouti''.

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* Music/FrankZappa:
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One of ''Music/FrankZappa'''s his earliest TV appearances had him playing the Bicycle on the Steve Allen show.
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show. He even tries to get Allen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9P2V0_p6vE involved with it]]. By the way, can you believe ''that's'' Frank?
** Car horns and toy horns are also heard during pieces from ''Music/BurntWeenySandwich'' and "City Of Tiny Lites" from ''Music/SheikYerbouti''.



* ''Concerto for Horn and Hardart'' by Music/PDQBach. The "Hardart" of the title is a musical instrument in which each note is produced by a different method: bell, whistle, plucked string, popped balloon, etc.
** It is written (by [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Prof. Schickele]]) that the wine bottle was the instrument that P.D.Q. Bach was most accomplished at playing; his cantata ''Iphegenia in Brooklyn'' has idiomatic solos written for it. Other instruments for which P.D.Q. Bach composed include the windbreaker (which is not a jacket but a series of mailing tubes), the double reed slide music stand, the left-handed sewer flute, the bicycle (with handlebars and siren), balloons, the lasso d'amore, the double reed hookah, the pastaphone, the foghorn, the shower hose, etc. Most impressively, some of his pieces were written for the Oscar Meyer Wiener Whistle, several centuries before the advent of the Oscar Meyer Wiener.

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* ''Concerto for Horn and Hardart'' by Music/PDQBach. The "Hardart" of the title is a musical instrument in which each note is produced by a different method: bell, whistle, plucked string, popped balloon, etc.
**
etc. It is written (by [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Prof. Schickele]]) that the wine bottle was the instrument that P.D.Q. Bach was most accomplished at playing; his cantata ''Iphegenia in Brooklyn'' has idiomatic solos written for it. Other instruments for which P.D.Q. Bach composed include the windbreaker (which is not a jacket but a series of mailing tubes), the double reed slide music stand, the left-handed sewer flute, the bicycle (with handlebars and siren), balloons, the lasso d'amore, the double reed hookah, the pastaphone, the foghorn, the shower hose, etc. Most impressively, some of his pieces were written for the Oscar Meyer Wiener Whistle, several centuries before the advent of the Oscar Meyer Wiener.



* In his earlier years, Music/{{Beck}} often employed a Gameboy to make [[NoiseRock noise music]].

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* Music/{{Beck}}:
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In his earlier years, Music/{{Beck}} he often employed a Gameboy to make [[NoiseRock noise music]].



** As does Lee Brice on "Drinking Class".
** Hammers are popular musical instruments for songs with "hammer" in the title. The IndigoGirls used a hammer and a nail to accompany "Hammer and a Nail", while on Music/JohnnyCash's cover of "The Legend of JohnHenry's Hammer", a hammer was used to accompany the song.

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** * As does Lee Brice on "Drinking Class".
** * Hammers are popular musical instruments for songs with "hammer" in the title. The IndigoGirls Music/IndigoGirls used a hammer and a nail to accompany "Hammer and a Nail", while on Music/JohnnyCash's cover of "The Legend of JohnHenry's Myth/JohnHenry's Hammer", a hammer was used to accompany the song.



* All Music/{{Psapp}} songs are made using toys.
** Brazilian band Music/PatoFu [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVHoaTmvBFM did the same]] for an album aptly titled "Toy Music".

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* All Music/{{Psapp}} songs are made using toys.
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toys. Brazilian band Music/PatoFu [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVHoaTmvBFM did the same]] for an album aptly titled "Toy Music".



** Van Halen has also used car horns ("Runnin' With the Devil") and car revving ("Panama").

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** * Van Halen has also used car horns ("Runnin' With the Devil") and car revving ("Panama").



** In the same vein, a guitar in pop music is admittedly the opposite of this trope. But German project "Rossburger Report", who play [[UpToEleven twelve]] guitars at the same time...

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** * In the same vein, a guitar in pop music is admittedly the opposite of this trope. But German project "Rossburger Report", who play [[UpToEleven twelve]] guitars at the same time...



[[folder:NewMedia]]
* This is common on Website/YouTube, with tunes made from floppy disk or scanner sounds. Really just about any kind of machine or device can be used as a musical instrument with some imagination and a little bit of work.
** Particularly notable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfHHLfbjNQ this cover]] of Radiohead's ''Nude'', performed by a ZX Sinclair, a dot-matrix printer, a scanner, and an array of hard disks used as speakers.
** Or this version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4&feature=related Bohemian Rhapsody]].
** Numerous videos have been made featuring antique hit/miss engines standing in as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SmRypjAUcU&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=1 automated drum machines]].
** Then there's the accidental music. Someone decided that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sCb3DMh2k&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=4 this engine]] had an exhaust note like an automated digeridoo.
* Prominent Website/YouTube artist Joe Penna, alias [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MysteryGuitarMan MysteryGuitarMan,]] makes frequent use of things that aren't conventional instruments. Take, for example, [[http://youtu.be/lhiP4cNgHxs a Mozart overture performed with root beer bottles.]]
* {{Demoscene}} compositions occasionally make use of this, with UsefulNotes/{{MOD}} formats being well-suited to utilising this trope.
** "[[http://ftp.scene.org/file.php?file=/mirrors/hornet/music/songs/1995/k/k_found.zip Found (Part I)]]" - Uses sounds of keys, combs, brushes, aerosol cans, car door, car horn, hammer on axe blade, hammer on anvil, squeaky door, and an electric sander. As weird as that assortment of instruments sounds, the piece makes for an okay listen every once in a while.
** "[[http://lite.modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=52502 Mouth Music II]]" - All instruments are actually voice-based, but a few of them don't sound like it.
* One of the many old "fads" at YTMND.com features songs remade using Windows XP sound effects. A list of examples can be found [[http://wiki.ytmnd.com/XP/collection here]], including the [[http://supermarioxp.ytmnd.com original]].
* Heh, how about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwdyu48bbI Legos]]?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvSE5Z474c&annotation_id=annotation_11489&feature=iv What about using a PDP-8 computer to play the Bach Inventions?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/fagottron Pogo]] has some incredible remixes, perhaps most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt7AF2RCMhg Alice]]. See also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxe5NIABsI Upular]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv80DLlUwNQ Alohamora]].
* Gameboy chiptunes are, of course, incredibly popular, but how about a bit of music made by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpdYKamOjUo manipulating assorted Gameboy parts?]]
* Floppy disk music has been created by Sammy1Am on Youtube. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4gVlhjXWAo Gerudo Valley]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9udrPSaSA One of many]] covers made by this person using a metal ruler.
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* This is common on Website/YouTube, with tunes made from floppy disk or scanner sounds. Really just about any kind of machine or device can be used as a musical instrument with some imagination and a little bit of work.
** Particularly notable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfHHLfbjNQ this cover]] of Radiohead's ''Nude'', performed by a ZX Sinclair, a dot-matrix printer, a scanner, and an array of hard disks used as speakers.
** Or this version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4&feature=related Bohemian Rhapsody]].
** Numerous videos have been made featuring antique hit/miss engines standing in as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SmRypjAUcU&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=1 automated drum machines]].
** Then there's the accidental music. Someone decided that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sCb3DMh2k&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=4 this engine]] had an exhaust note like an automated digeridoo.
* Prominent Website/YouTube artist Joe Penna, alias [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MysteryGuitarMan MysteryGuitarMan,]] makes frequent use of things that aren't conventional instruments. Take, for example, [[http://youtu.be/lhiP4cNgHxs a Mozart overture performed with root beer bottles.]]
* {{Demoscene}} compositions occasionally make use of this, with UsefulNotes/{{MOD}} formats being well-suited to utilising this trope.
** "[[http://ftp.scene.org/file.php?file=/mirrors/hornet/music/songs/1995/k/k_found.zip Found (Part I)]]" - Uses sounds of keys, combs, brushes, aerosol cans, car door, car horn, hammer on axe blade, hammer on anvil, squeaky door, and an electric sander. As weird as that assortment of instruments sounds, the piece makes for an okay listen every once in a while.
** "[[http://lite.modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=52502 Mouth Music II]]" - All instruments are actually voice-based, but a few of them don't sound like it.
* One of the many old "fads" at YTMND.com features songs remade using Windows XP sound effects. A list of examples can be found [[http://wiki.ytmnd.com/XP/collection here]], including the [[http://supermarioxp.ytmnd.com original]].
* Heh, how about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwdyu48bbI Legos]]?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvSE5Z474c&annotation_id=annotation_11489&feature=iv What about using a PDP-8 computer to play the Bach Inventions?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/fagottron Pogo]] has some incredible remixes, perhaps most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt7AF2RCMhg Alice]]. See also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxe5NIABsI Upular]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv80DLlUwNQ Alohamora]].
* Gameboy chiptunes are, of course, incredibly popular, but how about a bit of music made by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpdYKamOjUo manipulating assorted Gameboy parts?]]
* Floppy disk music has been created by Sammy1Am on Youtube. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4gVlhjXWAo Gerudo Valley]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9udrPSaSA One of many]] covers made by this person using a metal ruler.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen, a true name can be this as one of the novels shows. One demon's true name is the sound of a hundred crows cawing "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.

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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'':
** A neat little skit set in a library, with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and company playing it by coughing, rustling papers, tapping pencils, etc., and a librarian trying to shush them. [[spoiler:Failing in this, she appoints herself conductor.]]
** "The beloved" Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone, made up of talking fuzzballs who go "Ow!" in tune as Marvin hits them with a mallet. When Buddy Rich guest starred, he performed an extended percussion piece from his dressing room to his drum kit.
In TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen, his own words, "When I play a true name can be this as one of theatre, I ''play'' the novels shows. One demon's true name is the sound of a hundred crows cawing "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.''theatre''!"



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* In TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen, a true name can be this as one of the novels shows. One demon's true name is the sound of a hundred crows cawing "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.
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[[folder:Theatre]]



[[folder:VideoGames]]
* In ''[[KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari]]'', the track "Sunbaked Savanna" is a medley of songs from the first game rescored with animal noises and tribal drums.

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* In ''[[KatamariDamacy ''[[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy We Love Katamari]]'', the track "Sunbaked Savanna" is a medley of songs from the first game rescored with animal noises and tribal drums.



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--> '''Sawtooth''': "It's not every day you get to play an entire planet as a pecussion instrument."

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--> '''Sawtooth''': "It's -->'''Sawtooth:''' It's not every day you get to play an entire planet as a pecussion instrument."



[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The ClassicDisneyShort ''Symphony Hour''. Mickey Mouse conducts a flawless rendition of Von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture" while auditioning for a radio show. Before the big broadcast, Goofy accidentally drops all the instruments down the elevator, and the performance ends up sounding like Music/SpikeJones.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', after getting a goat that ate some sheet music to play "Turkey in the Straw", he proceeds to play out the melody on as many things as he can find. He runs out of inanimate things fairly quickly, and then proceeds to play it on a yowling cat (because he's pulling its tail), a duck, a group of feeding piglets by pulling their tails, the mother pig the piglets were feeding like an accordion and finally the teeth of a cow as if they were a xylophone.
* Nelson Muntz did another version in a talent contest on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': He had a row of nerds, he wedgied them to create the notes.

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* The ClassicDisneyShort ''Symphony Hour''. World 1-1 theme from the original ''Mario'' has been played on everything capable of making a sound. Don't believe me? Go to Website/YouTube. There's even a guy who did it using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_PHLUvDZSg a pair of Tesla coils.]]
* This is common on Website/YouTube, with tunes made from floppy disk or scanner sounds. Really just about any kind of machine or device can be used as a musical instrument with some imagination and a little bit of work.
** Particularly notable is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmfHHLfbjNQ this cover]] of Radiohead's ''Nude'', performed by a ZX Sinclair, a dot-matrix printer, a scanner, and an array of hard disks used as speakers.
** Or this version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht96HJ01SE4&feature=related Bohemian Rhapsody]].
** Numerous videos have been made featuring antique hit/miss engines standing in as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SmRypjAUcU&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=1 automated drum machines]].
** Then there's the accidental music. Someone decided that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sCb3DMh2k&list=PLsG2AvyC7URE-8JNamQnKLz8BS6MGQ-fV&index=4 this engine]] had an exhaust note like an automated digeridoo.
* Prominent Website/YouTube artist Joe Penna, alias [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MysteryGuitarMan MysteryGuitarMan,]] makes frequent use of things that aren't conventional instruments. Take, for example, [[http://youtu.be/lhiP4cNgHxs a Mozart overture performed with root beer bottles.]]
* {{Demoscene}} compositions occasionally make use of this, with UsefulNotes/{{MOD}} formats being well-suited to utilising this trope.
** "[[http://ftp.scene.org/file.php?file=/mirrors/hornet/music/songs/1995/k/k_found.zip Found (Part I)]]" - Uses sounds of keys, combs, brushes, aerosol cans, car door, car horn, hammer on axe blade, hammer on anvil, squeaky door, and an electric sander. As weird as that assortment of instruments sounds, the piece makes for an okay listen every once in a while.
** "[[http://lite.modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=52502 Mouth Music II]]" - All instruments are actually voice-based, but a few of them don't sound like it.
* One of the many old "fads" at YTMND.com features songs remade using Windows XP sound effects. A list of examples can be found [[http://wiki.ytmnd.com/XP/collection here]], including the [[http://supermarioxp.ytmnd.com original]].
* Heh, how about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwdyu48bbI Legos]]?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akvSE5Z474c&annotation_id=annotation_11489&feature=iv What about using a PDP-8 computer to play the Bach Inventions?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/fagottron Pogo]] has some incredible remixes, perhaps most famously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt7AF2RCMhg Alice]]. See also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVxe5NIABsI Upular]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv80DLlUwNQ Alohamora]].
* Gameboy chiptunes are, of course, incredibly popular, but how about a bit of music made by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpdYKamOjUo manipulating assorted Gameboy parts?]]
* Floppy disk music has been created by Sammy1Am on Youtube. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4gVlhjXWAo Gerudo Valley]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9udrPSaSA One of many]] covers made by this person using a metal ruler.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShort:
** "Symphony Hour":
Mickey Mouse conducts a flawless rendition of Von Suppe's "Light Cavalry Overture" while auditioning for a radio show. Before the big broadcast, Goofy accidentally drops all the instruments down the elevator, and the performance ends up sounding like Music/SpikeJones.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', "WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie", after getting a goat that ate some sheet music to play "Turkey in the Straw", he proceeds to play out the melody on as many things as he can find. He runs out of inanimate things fairly quickly, and then proceeds to play it on a yowling cat (because he's pulling its tail), a duck, a group of feeding piglets by pulling their tails, the mother pig the piglets were feeding like an accordion and finally the teeth of a cow as if they were a xylophone.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' has Mickey and Baby Shelby playing "The Blue Danube". Mickey plays on Shelby's shell like a xylophone, and Shelby does "ha ha"s to do the notes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer munching "The Blue Danube" whilst in space.
**
Nelson Muntz did does another version in a talent contest on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': contest: He had has a row of nerds, he wedgied them to create the notes.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' had a RunningGag of Music/RingoStarr playing the drums on things besides drums: skulls, sea creatures, etc.
** All four Beatles use different pieces of modern art as instruments in "Twist And Shout."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''. Cabaret jazz played on newspapers, vacuum cleaners, and bicycle spokes? [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Sold]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' have Phineas and Ferb on a holiday reformatory school in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", starting a tune by brushing the floor with a toothbrush.
** And don't forget about ''Marty the Rabbit Boy and his Musical Blender''!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' had a ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'':
** A
RunningGag of Music/RingoStarr playing the drums on things besides drums: skulls, sea creatures, etc.
** All four Beatles use different pieces of modern art as instruments in "Twist And Shout."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''. Cabaret jazz played on newspapers, vacuum cleaners,
and bicycle spokes? [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Sold]].
Shout".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' have ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
**
Phineas and Ferb on a holiday reformatory school in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", starting a tune by brushing the floor with a toothbrush.
** And don't forget about ''Marty An episode features the aptly named "Marty the Rabbit Boy and his Musical Blender''!Blender" playing "The Blue Danube" on well, a blender.



* The opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' includes Yakko xylophonizing the heads of various characters whom the Warners torment in the course of the series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
**
The opening sequence of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' includes Yakko xylophonizing the heads of various characters whom the Warners torment in the course of the series.series.
** A short has Wakko performing the "Blue Danube" using belches.



* The page quote is from the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Band Geeks", specifically the part where Squidward's trying to teach the citizens of Bikini Bottom about instruments and slow-witted Patrick thinking certain condiments made excellent instruments.
* Towards the end of the opening titles of the ''PunkyBrewster'' cartoon, Punky and her pals are playing music using a broom, an aluminum washtub and other items.

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* The page quote is from the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Band Geeks", specifically the part where Squidward's trying to teach the citizens of Bikini Bottom about instruments and slow-witted Patrick thinking certain condiments made excellent instruments.
* Towards the end of the opening titles of the ''PunkyBrewster'' ''Series/PunkyBrewster'' cartoon, Punky and her pals are playing music using a broom, an aluminum washtub and other items.
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* How can we forget the work of JohnCage? With his most famous piece, "4'33''", he proved that ''the ambiance of the performing space itself and its audience'' can be a musical instrument. (Granted, it's not exactly a "musical" piece; it more asks us what we consider to be "music".)

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* How can we forget the work of JohnCage? With his most famous piece, "4'33''", "4'33"", he proved that ''the ambiance of the performing space itself and its audience'' can be a musical instrument. (Granted, it's not exactly a "musical" piece; it more asks us what we consider to be "music".)
5th Jun '16 6:35:29 PM FerreTrip
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* How can we forget the work of JohnCage? With his most famous piece, "4'33''", he proved that ''the ambiance of the performing space itself and its audience'' can be a musical instrument. (Granted, it's not exactly a "musical" piece; it more asks us what we consider to be "music".)
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* Music/IggyPop "Lust For Life" has the characteristic beep of a EKG monitor. Not much spoilering that the patient flatlines at the end of the song...
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* "[[http://youtu.be/rEeiRXOlWUE Starmachine2000]]", by the Swedish band Wintergatan, uses a slide projector to play the beats. And the slides used are actually frames of a stop-motion video. So the projector plays both music and movie!
5th May '16 12:59:07 PM aye_amber
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* Percussionist Jamie Muir, a former member of KingCrimson, often used "found instruments". For example, the screeching noise at the end of "The Talking Drum" was made by blowing into bicycle horn reeds (with the air bulbs removed). Others included a bowl of pistachio nut shells, metal plates, and a large double-handed hand saw.

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* Percussionist Jamie Muir, a former member of KingCrimson, Music/KingCrimson, often used "found instruments". For example, the screeching noise at the end of "The Talking Drum" was made by blowing into bicycle horn reeds (with the air bulbs removed). Others included a bowl of pistachio nut shells, metal plates, and a large double-handed hand saw.
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->--'''Patrick Star''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''[[note]]"No, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument." [{{Beat}}] "Horse radish is not an instrument, either."[[/note]]

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->--'''Patrick -->-- '''Patrick Star''', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''[[note]]"No, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument." [{{Beat}}] "Horse radish is not an instrument, either."[[/note]]



* ''Wall$treetWeek''s theme used a teletype machine.

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* ''Wall$treetWeek''s ''Series/WallStreetWeek''s theme used a teletype machine.
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* [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]] has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMUgmU_Hsjc cannons]].

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* [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]] Music/{{ACDC}} has [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMUgmU_Hsjc cannons]].cannons.]]



* A popular instrument for people wanting to invoke this trope is the cactus. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh8eHDN9MK0 for example]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd7gS88QbLs&feature=related This video demonstrates some of the different sounds you can get when playing the cactus]].

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* A popular instrument for people wanting to invoke this trope is the cactus. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh8eHDN9MK0 for example]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd7gS88QbLs&feature=related com/watch?v=nd7gS88QbLs This video demonstrates some of the different sounds you can get when playing the cactus]].



** During one tour, he'd play [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXiTnsSn9wU "Clap Hands"]] on acoustic guitar, while his backing band sat around a small dinner table and provided percussion by rhythmically banging on silverware with utensils. The studio version uses more normal instrumentation though.

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** During one tour, he'd play [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXiTnsSn9wU "Clap Hands"]] on acoustic guitar, while his backing band sat around a small dinner table and provided percussion by rhythmically banging on silverware with utensils. The studio version uses more normal instrumentation though.



* The Music/SiouxieAndTheBanshees song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilBjc3wWwDA Red Light]] uses a camera as a instrument to great effect.

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* The Music/SiouxieAndTheBanshees song [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilBjc3wWwDA Red Light]] uses a camera as a instrument to great effect.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_(musician) Tycho]] apparently uses weather broadcasts, talking or even [[UpToEleven breathing]] as part of his songs. Justified as he's an ambient techno musician, and everyday things like those are relaxing when used the right way.

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* [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tycho_(musician) Tycho]] apparently uses weather broadcasts, talking or even [[UpToEleven breathing]] as part of his songs. Justified as he's an ambient techno musician, and everyday things like those are relaxing when used the right way.



* In the 1980s, Holger Czukay of {{Can}} listed among his primary instruments a dictaphone (a dictation machine that predates cassette recorders).

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* In the 1980s, 1980's, Holger Czukay of {{Can}} Music/{{Can}} listed among his primary instruments a dictaphone (a dictation machine that predates cassette recorders).
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