New acoustic instrument simulates a digital synthesizerYaya

New acoustic instrument simulates a digital synthesizer

At first glance, it’s hard to tell what exactly the Yaybahar is or does. It could be an abstract scuplture, or maybe some kind of strange alien technology. Even if you did somehow manage to guess that it was an instrument, you’d still have no idea what it sounds like. Designed by Istanbul-based musician Gorkem Sen, the Yaybahar actually sounds very similar to a digital synthesizer. The musician can use a mallet to pound out a beat on one of its two circular end-disks, or take a bow to saw out melodies that can sound like anything from a digital synth to a chorus of violin strings. Check it out below.

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