New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

The yaybahar sounds like an electronic synthesizer, but it’s a completely acoustic instrument that uses only drum-like membranes, strings, mallets, and bows. When its inventor, Görkem Şen, plays it, the yaybahar creates weird, ethereal sounds like you’d expect from a science fiction movie. You can listen to more performances here.

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Beat me to the Star Wars reference. However, let me add an even more retro reference: The same sort of sound can be created by placing your ear to an extended Slinky.
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Sounds very similar to hitting a telephone pole's guy wire, which emits a sound like the blasters in Star Wars. I think they actually used a similar technique to generate those sounds back in 1977. We used to do it all the time back then as well.
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