This instrument is the yaybahar - and it sounds like the end of the world

21 November 2016, 16:53

Musician Görkem Şen has invented a brand new instrument called the yaybahar and it makes some thoroughly bizarre, terrifying and delightful noises.

It turns out there are a number of different ways to play the yaybahar, and none of them require the instrument to be plugged into the mains. Which is incredible, really, considering how weird it sounds. In a handy video, Şen shows us exactly how to approach this genius monstrosity.

You can drag a mallet across it for a shimmery sound

And walk off, nonchalantly, in some nice knitwear.


You can tap the ends for a plonky sound

Again, note the quality knitwear, and the stunning beach vista.


You can play the strung bit on the end for a crazy sci-fi bluegrass sound

No knitwear necessary for this one.


Listen to what the yaybahar sounds like

If you want a clue, it's like a sci-fi cello attached to a synthesiser that Aaron Copland stole from Stockhausen's laboratory. With some drums stuck on the end.

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