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Death metal: The Mexican artist who makes musical instruments from firearms
Sculptor Pedro Reyes has taken hundreds of guns seized in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and transformed them into artistic musical instruments. He has cut down gun barrels to different lengths to sound like marimbas while other pistol parts have been ...
Makers of musical instruments featured in 'The Luthier's Craft' exhibit
There’s a rich tradition of not just playing music, but of building instruments ... plays upright bass in the Mountain Park Old Time Band. He also teaches people how to play the instruments. “ I really like to teach kids,” he said.
Kids' musical instruments booming with bacteria
The musical instruments kids play in school bands and orchestras are traveling denizens of bacteria and fungi, say the authors of a new study. Music education is great for kids, they note, but please, please wash the instruments! Researchers at ...
Marcus Singletary on guitar gear and influential recordings
However, I'm sure I also share quite a few additional aspects of my life, such as many of my musical experiences ... of cheap effects, instruments, and microphones to craft an individual sound. My parents did not know anything about gear so, when they ...
World music for woodwind
Bossa nova is characteristically performed by guitar and voice; in this piece the saxophone acts as the vocalist and the part of the guitar is taken by piano, double bass ... of the cowbell. Woodwind instruments also work well in folk music.
The Oddest-Looking Musical Instruments on Earth
It took two years to build. The theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments, was invented by the Russian Lev Sergeyevich Termen (Léon Theremin) in 1928. It's an instrument that you play without making any physical contact at all. This was ...