Each week Tom Whitwell of Music Thing highlights the best of the new
music gear that's coming out, as well as noteworthy vintage equipment:
Human ingenuity has no limits.
Walking through the vast halls of the Frankfurt Messe exhibition centre last week, I saw pretty much every musical
instrument imaginable, and several things that I’d never imagined seeing…
kick drums don't rotate, so I'm not sure how the spinning starts on these things, but I guess the lead singer could
casually give it a flick round every so often. No, there's no way that attaching a random bit of shiny, pointy
aluminium to the front of your drum kit will make it sound better.
The acoustic guitar has been an
expressive, versatile instrument for centuries, but it's always lacked even a basic selection of cheesy drum kits and
auto-rhythms. Now engineers in the Czech Republic have taken an acoustic guitar, covered the wooden top with a plastic
touch membrane, and put little switches all over the neck. The version of the Stones 'Honky Tonk Women' played on this
monstrosity has to be heard to be believed.
Presumably, there's a lot of skill that goes
into building and painting a violin which resembles a leg of fine Serrano Spanish ham, but the luthier who created this
instrument is unable to answer one simple question. Why?