Top 10 Strangest Musical Instruments


We all know how diverse is music as an art form and how diverse are the genres of music people listen to, so it’s only natural for the instruments used to produce it to be diverse as well. However, not all musical instruments follow traditional standards these days, mainly given the rise of electronic, techno, or alternative music over the past three decades or so.

It makes sense then for some of these instruments to be quite strange, just as the music they are used to make is considered strange by those who haven’t developed a taste for it. So let us find out what are the ten strangest musical instruments ever invented and what type of music can be played with them.

10Ondes Martenot

This early electronic musical instrument involves a keyboard and a slide. It was invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928 and it sounds a lot like a theremin to the untrained ear, although its acoustic diversity is supposed to be broader. We should also point out that this instrument suffered modifications over time, with the addition of filter banks and switchable loudspeakers. Generally, this instrument is known for its peculiar wavering notes and its thermionic valves capable of producing oscillating frequencies.