For me instrument music is symbol of simplicity (read my previous post for related)
Something words can not express but it have a very very deep meaning..
Because sometimes life is hardly to say but to FEEL IT..
Its Unspeakable Words
-Signature of the Soul-
Me, My Self n I
QI: Quite interesting facts about musical instruments
Music, which can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.
W H Auden
It may be that the oldest musical instrument was found in Divje Babe cave, a Neanderthal site in Slovenia. It is the 43,000-year-old femur of a bear that has two evenly spaced holes and the remains of what may be two more (it’s hard to tell because it has been badly chewed). Tests on the spacing of these holes demonstrate that it would have produced notes that directly correlate to a modern diatonic scale and replicas have been successfully played. On the other hand, the holes might just be puncture marks made by animal teeth.
The oldest undisputed musical instrument is also a flute, made from a vulture’s wing bone perforated with five finger holes, found in an Upper Paleolithic site in the German Alps.
In 1761, American founding father, scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin was inspired to create an eerie sounding new instrument he called the armonica (from the Italian for “harmony”) by witnessing a concert where the instruments were drinking glasses. In his version, 37 glass bowls graded from large to small were nested together on a spindle to create a single glass cone, which was rotated with a treadle. The player would then use his moistened fingers to play up to 10 notes simultaneously. Franklin preferred to use chalk on his fingers to create a purer tone.
Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Donizetti all composed pieces for the instrument, but it was banned in Germany because the vibrations allegedly made people ill.
The ancestor of the tuba was called the Serpent. First made in the late 16th century, they were often painted to look like fat snakes and were used as the bass line in European churches before they were supplanted by organs. The tuba arrived in the 1830s.
The saxophone was invented by a Belgian musician, Adolphe Sax, in 1841. He disliked the way brass instruments overwhelmed the woodwind, so started work on an instrument that combined the more versatile mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument and the powerful body of the brass. Despite enthusiastic support from composers like Berlioz and Rossini, Sax’s life was a nightmare. A perfectionist, he found it hard to get his new instrument built and was continually having to sue other inventors who stole his ideas. Worse still, orchestras refused to play his new instruments and the prototype sax was stamped on by a malicious competitor and rendered useless. It was finally patented in 1846. On first hearing it, Richard Wagner said it made a sound like “Reckankreuzungs-klankewerkzeuge”, which roughly translates as “nonsense sound factory tools”, but it went on to became the iconic jazz instrument of the 20th century. During the “sax craze” of the early 1900s, several American cities banned saxophones from being played on the streets between 10pm and dawn.
Laurens Hammond (1895-1973) was a prolific US inventor who held more than 110 patents stretching from 3D cinematography to guided missiles. The Hammond clock and piano were eclipsed by his 1934 breakthrough, the Hammond organ. Despite creating the instrument that defined the sound of Sixties surf music and Seventies prog rock, the best Hammond himself could manage was Chopsticks.