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    I was just wondering if there have been any new instrument inventions from the new millenia, and if they are ever used in contemporary music, to serve a unique purpose!

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    Debussy would have loved this piano, designed to play in a whole tone scale:





    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...237?via%3Dihub

    It is possible to design such instruments (or synthesize such timbres) for any relatively small equal division of the octave (whole tone is 6 equal) (or selected scales from big systems). Some electronic organs use additive partials that are quantized to 12 equal, so they are more "consonant" than a real organ (which would be ideally played in just intonation tuning).

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    Well, there's the knifonium, a tube analogue synthesizer (link). Already one concerto has been composed and recorded, by Olli Virtaperko. I have it in a version by Jonte Knif and the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia under Ville Matvejeff on an Ondine CD.

    Perhaps better known is the aluphone (link). There is already a concerto for this instrument, by Anders Koppel.

    And then we have the iPad. Ned McGowan composed a substantial 25 minutes concerto for the tablet and orchestra, utilizing eight apps with graphical interfaces where one can control sound through gestures on the touchscreen.
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    Oh wow, I actually really like the aluphone...

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    There have been design advancements in the steel drum . One handsomely resembles a flying saucer and can be held in the lap while wanking on it .

    And then ...
    With synthesizers developed , it has been theorized that a sound could be designed by manipulating wave-forms and then an acoustic instrument could be invented to produce it .
    Last edited by Tikoo Tuba; Aug-17-2019 at 05:30.

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    Does the Kaoss Pad count? I don't know that it's been used for classical compositions, though.

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...ound-kaoss-pad

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    I've recently heard an operatic vocal tone that has been invented . It's difficult to describe other than each note is multi-microtonal .

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    Does the bazantar count? It was patented in 1999. Absolutely amazing instrument.

    What time is the next swan?

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    There are many others invented in recent decades, I'm not sure though when exactly those instruments were invented.

    The yaybahar, the wing, the array mbira, the instruments of the anarchestra, the bohlen pierce clarinet, the Doppio Borgato piano...

    Doppio Borgato
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fstgu_KzXdM

    Array mbira
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fAAGheYTFA

    Yaybahar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q4wXUenrm0

    The wing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbnKIu2f4dA

    Bohlen Pierce clarinet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecfcaxMxVhY

    the anarchestra (a lot of different instruments, mostly made of steel and metal)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHDgE1-wTBk
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    ^ Some very cool instruments.

    The Yaybahar sounds so much like there's an electronic delay effect, it's hard to believe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikoo Tuba View Post
    I've recently heard an operatic vocal tone that has been invented . It's difficult to describe other than each note is multi-microtonal .
    That was me, singing off key again.
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    When I don't have my teeth in I can sing out both sides of my mouth . Well , ok , it sounds like two kazoos .

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