View Full Version : i built an instrument

10-16-2007, 11:20 PM



This is a new instrument which I invented built out of a clock, floorboards, guitar and mandolin hardware, and a sex toy.

When plucked like a guitar, the instrument sounds like a sitar. There are no frets and the neck is smooth to the touch, so it can be slid on. However, that is not the intention of the instrument. When played as I intend it to be (with slides on the neck and constant vibration against the bridge), it makes a low, deep continuous moaning sound and rattle. I'm trying to minimize the rattle a little bit. This is about 80% done but functional, and when I finish it it should get to the point I want it to be at.

But why describe it when I can let you hear a very, very early cut of a song that employs it as the primary instrument? Any sound that isn't vocal is on one track of this instrument.

Ghost Afflictions, p.1 (http://www.defeats.us/sample/music/memed/ghostafflictions1.mp3)

I'm going to retrack and balance this a little bit more and do more with it before I actually say it is a song, but for demonstration I think it will do.

10-17-2007, 10:28 AM
very cool.

10-17-2007, 03:25 PM
when played with mallets it is usually called the "clockenspiel"

10-17-2007, 03:48 PM
woah intersting sound, the rattle does get to you though. otherwise it makes a crazy cool droney sound.

10-21-2007, 01:35 PM
when played with mallets it is usually called the "clockenspiel"

bah dum bum!

10-22-2007, 02:52 AM
this sounds so cool! the drone is fab, and i hope you manage to control that rattle! so what will you call it? i think CC is onto something ;)

10-22-2007, 03:37 PM
Thanks guys. I'm surprised the fact it's built from a clock gets it more attention than that it is played with a vibrator. :)

I think if I pad the thing a little bit I may be able to stop it from clattering so much and still shake the strings. I don't have a name for it yet, but I'll keep yours in mind ;)

10-22-2007, 03:59 PM
It looks like an Erhu


10-22-2007, 05:09 PM
Yeah, it's kind of hard to get away from that shape. I don't know anything about bowing an instrument, I wonder if I put the bow through there if I'd get similar sounds.

03-09-2008, 07:25 PM
Oh my god! I knew there were people like me somewhere! I'm making an instrument too, it's a cylindrical fretless neck with three mandola strings and no body. It's not finished yet, and it may end up with a body but it's not as cool as your clovbrator (what do you think of the name eh?).

03-20-2008, 06:43 PM
Clovbrator... I think I can run with that.

I actually just was asked to use this instrument to score a guy's short zombie movie. I'll post a link to it when he puts it online. It should be soon.

03-25-2008, 01:06 PM
Nice one. I can see this completely replacing the guitar by 2010. "Them kids and their clovbrator bands." "Dad, I want to learn the clovbrator!" etc.

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07-03-2009, 12:56 AM
That's fuckin' awesome.

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