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Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal

From 2012, Irkutsk-based Russian percussionist group Etnobit found a spot on Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake and largest freshwater lake, as well as the world's oldest lake, dating back 25 million years -- whe...

The Inverted Glass Harp

We love glass harps – instruments made from wine glasses that are filled with different amounts of water to create a series of desired pitches. In The Inverted Glass Harp, Dan Quinn shows us that empty glasses can als...

The Wheelharp & The Viola Organista

The Wheelharp looks something like a piano cylinder and sounds like a gritty set of violins, but in fact, it's a relatively new keyboard instrument invented by Jon Jones & Sons that bows a string inside of it for each...

How to make a carrot clarinet

From renaissance flutes to rubber glove bagpipes, Linsey Pollak has been making instruments since 1971. An Australian musician and composer, his musical inventions help make playing music more accessible and fun for a...

Cookie-tin Banjo

Cookie-tin Banjo by Benjamin Scheuer & Escapist Papers. Illustrations by Nicholas Stevenson.

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel built by Tom Kaufmann. In the archives: more instrument videos.

Make a homemade metal and pvc pipe xylophone

Captioned as a “2nd Grade project to make a homemade instrument,” Homemade Xylophone - Kids has been online since October, 2006, and is a great metal and pvc pipe how to for kids, with a bit of parental ...

Pen Drumming

Two University of Washington students perform a pen drumming routine.  There are more percussion videos in the archives, including Diego Stocco’s Music From Nature. via Laughing Squid.

Music Kettle by Yuri Suzuki: Making music with steam

Musical Kettle: heat, water and steam, making music. From sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki:  I wanted to contribute to the design of daily domestic noises. alarms, ...

Monster Tubulum

This is a tubulum, or a PVC pipe instrument. Inspired by the Blue Man Group, @thejerrymobile (shown playing the instrument) built a “monster”-sized one with a maze-like structure — 82 45° elbows...

How to make a paper roll xylophone

Hello, Lullatone! We’ve been listening to their music for a few weeks now and both the kid and I like their audio aesthetic, which seem to be influenced by some analog processes, if Lullatone’s videos lend...