Even if you’ve never heard of the waterphone, you’ve probably heard it. It’s that eerie echo in the sound track of a horror film, sending shivers up your spine. In reality, it’s not scary – but it is a pretty fantastic instrument! Invented by Richard Waters in 1968, the waterphone can be played in many different ways; a few of these are demonstrated in this video.
As you probably guessed by the name, the waterphone contains water. This gives it that echo-like quality. Waters’ inspiration for this came from water drums:
If you want to hear more of the waterphone, have a listen to the album One by Gravity Adjusters Expansion Band. There’s lots of other weird and wonderful sounds in there too!
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