Let’s face it folks, making music has become a lot easier over the years. You don’t need recording equipment to enable you to make music nowadays. You can use an app on your Tablet PC or phone or you can even build DIY Musical Instruments from materials that you can find in your backyard or buy at a hardware store.
During the course of the 20th and 21st centuries inventors all over the globe have come up with some awesome DIY Musical Instruments like the rubber glove bagpipe, the watering can clarinet and chair flute (all invented by Aussie musician Linsey Pollak), the daxophone (invented by experimental musician Hans Reichel), the Tommy gun guitar and the bed piano (invented by Ken Butler), the propane tank drum (invented by Dennis Havlena), the fire organ, the laser harp and countless others.
The example of a DIY Musical Instrument that I’m featuring today is a home-crafted PVC Pipe Instrument inspired by the Blue Man Group. Snubbyj (aka Kent Jenkins) played this instrument on America’s Got Talent a few years ago. At the time he was a student majoring in theatre and minoring in music (with a focus on percussion) at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in the United States. Over 15 million people have viewed the videos he’s posted on YouTube since May 2007.
This performance that Kent Jenkins (and his friend Quinn) had on a talent show in 2010 just shows you how cool DIY Musical Instruments can be. This PVC Pipe Instrument really puts out some unique and awesome sounds. But don’t take my word for it, check it out below.
I’m impressed by the awesome renditions of the Turkish March, the Mario Brothers Theme, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Bad Romance, Like A Virgin, the James Bond Theme and other old favorites by Kent and Quinn in this video. Individuals like this give me hope for the future.
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