Giant Octobasse Stringed Instrument Can Play Frequencies Lower Than You Can Hear

May 18, 2015

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Dude -- the Holy Grail is right behind you!

This is a video demonstration of the octobasse, a massive stringed instrument capable of producing frequencies lower than the human ear can detect. It's the kind of instrument you feel more than you hear. I remember the first time I felt my nuts rumble at a concert. That's when I knew I had to be a groupie, no matter the cost. The cost was a lot of handjobs, FYI.

Keep going for two videos, the first of a guy talking about and playing the instrument, the second of several people trying to play the Jaws theme on the thing, most which is almost entirely inaudible.

Thanks to STEPH, who informed me she plays the violin. I always wanted to play the flute.

  • Really... none of you stepped up to the plate? I'll be the sacrificial lamb and say "I'm all about that bass". Or even better, "All your base are belong to us". Shots out to G Dub (GW) for being a hobbit playing a cello which actual looks like a regular person playing an octobass.

  • shashi

    and we are one step closer to a dubstep orchestra

  • GeneralDisorder

    This would make one hell of a slap bass.

  • Xyle

    Well I guess its time to move on from this site.about 70% of the time I See an interesting reddit article: a few days later it ends up here.That is lazy.Don't be freaking buzzfeed.

  • We will all miss you, desperately.

  • Huck PS

    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

  • Forgoten Null

    Do they actually demonstrate the parts where you're not supposed to be able to hear it? It all seemed perfectly clear to me.

  • Jake Burgoyne-Lock

    It's the fundememtal frequency that is "below human hearing", but a note from an instrument includes much more information above this, which is what you can easily hear, even on a phone speaker with no ability to produce below 400hz. I doubt the microphone they recorded the video with could pickup the 16hz fundamental, even specialist measurement mics only go to 20hz.

  • Andyman7714

    I think the last stroke was just the bow making a noise. You couldn't hear the actual note of the string.

  • Forgoten Null

    I could hear the note clearly though. Some people have a bit larger range of hearing, myself included, because reasons. But it might just be my headset shifting it up a bit to be within my range or something else stupid like that too.

  • Brad Walton

    You just wouldn't know. I'm guessing there's no real way to only play the lowest C note on an instrument like that without playing other higher frequencies. I'm sure you can find a 16 Hz sine wave somewhere, or just make one. Probably a waste of time though, since it is most definitely out of range. Even an elephant might struggle with that one.

  • lesslighter

    I for one was given then hearing range from 1Hz-15kHz but thats not "normal" as the normal is 20Hz-20kHz which would be your generic earphones so you need an earphones with drivers that is set to listen at 15k Hz but either way I think most earphones can but not speakers

  • Xockszky

    I bet it could make the brown note!

  • George Helios

    Only Coma the Doof Warrior can play the brown note. If you can hear him then his convoy is coming and you should be shttng your pants.

  • craig37f .

    Sounds like crap. imo.

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