I’ve got a few blog posts under my belt at this point, so I’m not sure if I’m repeating myself here when I say that I have zero musical ability. By zero, I mean that when I encounter a questionnaire that asks what instrument I play, I write in “mp3 player.” I can do that reliably, if I can find the app on my smartphone.
Needless to say after that introduction, I found the subject of this post mind-blowing. Apparently this guy – I won’t attempt to reproduce his name here but he’s Turkish – fucking invented a musical instrument. Right now, you’re thinking along the lines of something that would impress Rants, like an empty shoebox used as a drum, or semi-filled beer bottles when you blow over the mouth and make a note. No.
This dude went and invented a whole new thing. This has two membrane drums, springs, and a set of strings like a cello. You’ll see it may be played in at least four modes, maybe more. Even better, this instrument uses springs to incorporate a reverb feature that is not – repeat, NOT – added digitally. In fact, the clip below is not digitally enhanced in any way. It’s just a simple recording of this badass musical instrument inventor being a badass. Like bagpipes, I could fall asleep to this shit. This reminds me of the five daily calls to prayer in Kabul we could hear over the walls of Camp Cuppycake.
I’ll tell you that I spent the better part of two hours scouring the internet looking for a plan to build one of my own. This isn’t some guy who writes shitty lines of poetry and calls them lyrics. This motherfucker decided to invent a whole new instrument.
If I ever find the plans for this thing, a yaybahar, I’m building it and then I’ll figure out how to play that funky shit.