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 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I have two big favorites for best use of weird instruments:

- The blaster beam in STAR TREK TMP.

- The water chimes in THE OMEGA MAN.

I'm also fond of the vibraslap's "rattlesnake" sound that Jerry used in the main title to ROOM 222.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Nedmerrill   (Member)

Ennio Morricone's use of human vocal chords in multiple soundtracks.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

If someone mentions "the serpent" before I finish slooowly typing this, he or she will be punished by having to listen to it AND learn to play it, for the rest of eternity.

If nobody mentions "the serpent" before I post this, then I am the one who will suffer that most excruciating punishment.

I am now posting this. Now.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Dammit!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Carey Blyton's use of krummhorn in "The Silurians", an early Jon Pertwee serial from classic DR. WHO.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Shofar … not sho many responses. Folks must laying on their sackbuts … conch'd out. Without further didgeridoo, here are some cuica piks:

Favorite usage of ram's horn shofar: Planet of the Apes by Jerry Goldsmith
Favorite usage of Brazilian friction drum cuica: Vendetta per Vendetta by A.F. Lavagnino
Favorite usage of conch shell: Alien by Jerry Goldsmith
Favorite usage of ancient Greek lute cithara: Le Boucher by Pierre Jansen
Favorite usage of autoharp: Experiment in Terror by Henry Mancini
Favorite usage of serpent: White Witch Doctor by Bernard Herrmann

There are plenty more non-standard or ethnic instruments, I'm sure, with which to cite further examples, though labeling them as "weird" could be deemed insensitive.
Also, more common instruments can issue forth 'strange' sounds as well, such as piano wires rubbed by a superball or a gong rubbed by a mallet.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

If someone mentions "the serpent" before I finish slooowly typing this, he or she will be punished by having to listen to it AND learn to play it, for the rest of eternity.

If nobody mentions "the serpent" before I post this, then I am the one who will suffer that most excruciating punishment.

I am now posting this. Now.


Let me take the serpentine baton, GW, and Hoimann's Journey To...Earth is the winner. Was trying to sneak it into latest ZOOM-BOOM but couldn't get past someone. It may have been you, in which case we're even LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Maurice Jarre used a fujara in The Tin Drum, A Passage To India and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1_lBpN4AGw


The flexatone has been heard in many scores (The Devils, Alien, The Tin Drum, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEW1aG8XJQk


Toru Takemitsu used the Sheng in his score for Rikiyu...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iR-KrbeFs0


John Williams used the Baschet sound sculptures in Images...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESISUS9TzYc


The waterphone has been used in many scores, like Chinatown, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Rising Sun, etc...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foSJstDFDfg


The vibraslap was very popular in the 60s and 70s (Planet of the Apes, Magnum Force, Antony & Cleopatra and The Dark Crystal)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu4_uwQWA-g


And lets not forget the Ondes Martenot, heard in many scores by Maurice Jarre, Barry Gray, Toru Takemitsu and Elmer Bernstein...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yidV0HeVyCg

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   jkruppa   (Member)


The waterphone has been used in many scores, like Chinatown, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Excalibur, The Dark Crystal, Rising Sun, etc...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foSJstDFDfg



The waterphone is one of my favorite sounds and I've been itching to try one out for a while. Can't quite afford one at the moment, but its use in Chinatown is outstanding. Goldsmith used prepared piano, extended piano techniques and bowed cymbals on there too. Not so much weird instruments, but played unusual ways.

The Takemitsu score for Kwaidan (1964) uses non musical sounds, like cracking wood for a disturbing effect.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 11:59 PM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

The use of the glass harp in the opening of Elliot Goldenthal’s Interview with a vampire is beautifully scary.


Goldsmith use of the wind machine in The Blue Max is exhilarating.


And let’s not forget Bear McCreary’s opening of Black Sails with the wonderfully rough hurdy gurdy.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   HAL 2000   (Member)

Let's add the use of a Superball on Chinatown. Goldsmith had someone rubbing a Superball against a piece of wood to achieve that weird wailing sound heard later in the score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   connorb93   (Member)

Let's add the use of a Superball on Chinatown. Goldsmith had someone rubbing a Superball against a piece of wood to achieve that weird wailing sound heard later in the score.

so that's what that was! I thought that was one of those cuica drums he's used a few times in scores like The Mephisto Waltz and Poltergeist

I believe that main title from Outland also uses a superball on piano wires or something to that effect

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)


The Takemitsu score for Kwaidan (1964) uses non musical sounds, like cracking wood for a disturbing effect.


Oh yes, I had forgotten that one! He was inclined towards all kinds of wild timbres!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Nedmerrill   (Member)

Stewart Copeland's percussive use of billiard balls and typewriter in Rumble Fish.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2020 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Didn't Safan used rattling teeth in a score? Maybe the rejected "Wolfen".

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2020 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Nino Rota used a glass harmonica in Casanova.

In the Quiller Memorandum Barry used a Flexatone, which produced a sort of whistling/wailing tone.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2020 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Lots of good examples.

A couple others: Goldsmith rolling marbles in Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Twilight's Last Gleaming.

And my favorite (in part because of this video): Gil Melle's Percussotron

Rare Gil Melle Percussotron Footage Andromeda Strain Soundtrack


Used to such great effect in Desert Trip.





 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2020 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

And has no one mentioned mixing bowls from POTA?

Allow Emil Richards himself to demonstrate!


Forward to 2:50 to be wowed!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2020 - 5:26 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Hey Sean, ever seen the guy in this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX5BJHmotD4

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2020 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Im sure we had this once.


The Argilophono in GBU, Ennio Morricone (played by Alessandroni)

Rice. On drums. - Jerry Goldsmith, The Chairman

 
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