He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician and musical instrument maker who has made a name for himself by making instruments out of practically anything. So when he gave a TED talk in Sydney back in 2014, obviously, the audience wanted a demonstration.
Here’s the carrot
Quite far from a clarinet at this point…
And here’s Linsey making some holes in the carrot.
Starting to look a bit less carrot-like… but no more clarinet-like.
That funnel is a game-changer. We see where he’s going with this. But it’s still missing…
It’s a clarinet! Of course it is, we always had faith.
But what does it sound like?
You can listen and watch the whole jaw-dropping transformation here:
Wow, I want to go home and make musical instruments out of all my vegetables. An aubergine-trumpet? A courgette cello? The possibilities are endless.
Linsey has also made a bassoon out of a garden hose and bagpipes out of a rubber glove – go to his YouTube channel for more.