The Yaybahar: Man Invents New Acoustic Instrument

November 6, 2014

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This is a video of musician Görkem Şen playing the new acoustic instrument he invented, the Yaybahar. I'm not gonna lie, I did think it was some sort of rudimentary laser weapon at first.

The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.

It does have a really unique sound. Kind of like the soundtrack I would imagine for a Bollywood movie that takes place in OUTERSPACE. Which, for the record, I would watch provided the theater has a decent candy selection and real butter for the popcorn. Oh, and doesn't mind me drinking from a flask and keeping a loud, running commentary the whole time.

Keep going for a video recital.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who is so evil he purposefully breaks 1-of-a-kind instruments to make them 0-of-a-kind.

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