Thursday, September 8, 2016

30 Days of Weird Instruments, DAY 2 – The Pyrophone Organ

“Pyro” is right there in the name, and it's there for a reason. It's an organ powered by combustion, meaning if you want it to make music, a section of it has to be on fire.

The Pyrophone's inventor, Georges Frédéric Eugène Kastner, would've loved Beavis and Butthead had he lived during their run on MTV. His invention is an “internal combustion instrument”, meaning it’s powered by either propane or gasoline generated explosions inside a series of large glass resonant chambers that serve as the organ’s pipes. The chambers’ heights determine the sound or pitch for each explosion.

The exhaust exits the chamber tops, so theoretically this instrument is totally safe. But you still shouldn’t try it at home.

Jimi Hendrix used boring old lighter fluid to set his guitar on fire. Imagine him rocking one of these at Woodstock.

Tomorrow’s instrument is pretty cheesy.

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    1. Definitely. I think this band's about to blow up! *cue the groans*