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No Electricity Acoustic Synthesizer

TURKISH MUSICIAN GORKEM SEN has recently invented the most amazing thing. It’s called the Yaybahar. And it’s an instrument that makes digital space-like, sci-fi like, synthesizer-like, surround sound-like music that will totally blow you away.

The most amazing thing is that the instrument doesn’t use ANY electricity whatsoever. But the sounds it makes… oooh!

Before I let you listen and be amazed (we’ll get there soon), I have a couple of amazing things I’d like to tell you about the instrument first:

You can play it by stroking it like a cat… and watching it purr…

Wooden No Elecricity Synthesizer // Yaybahar Musical Instrument by Gorkem Sen Makes Synthesizer Sounds

You can play it with force like a drum…

Wooden No Elecricity Synthesizer // Yaybahar Musical Instrument by Gorkem Sen Makes Synthesizer Sounds

You can play it with a bow like a cello…

Wooden No Elecricity Synthesizer // Yaybahar Musical Instrument by Gorkem Sen Makes Synthesizer Sounds

And you can play it by plucking like a ukulele…

Wooden No Elecricity Synthesizer // Yaybahar Musical Instrument by Gorkem Sen Makes Synthesizer Sounds

Now let’s listen, and be amazed!

What you just heard in that performance was captured in realtime, without any additional effects and with no post audio processing. Pretty awesome, right?

In case you were wondering, here’s how the Yaybahar works:

The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.

Now listen as he plays Yaybahar with seaside as accompaniment.

I hope you were totally blown away by that, and gained some productive inspiration to use in your work. So now it’s time to throw your synthesizer away and get a Yaybahar!