Realistic Orchestral Strings

Realistic Orchestral Strings

  Orchestral elements play a more significant role in today’s music than we might expect. They give the average listener something they can relate to and provide a sense of familiarity in everything from soundtracks and video games to film scores and Top 40 hits....

The Friction Drum – Percussion Instruments

The friction drum is a type of musical instrument that can be found throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America in various forms. It first appeared in Europe in the 16th century and supported certain religious and ceremonial activities. Actually, its ancestral...

The Carillon – Keyboard Instruments

A carillon is an idiophone percussion instrument played with a keyboard. It consists of at least 23 cast bronze bells suspended in chromatic order and sounded harmoniously together.  The word carillon derives from the Old French “carignon” (a variant...

The Pipe Organ – Keyboard Instruments

Around 200 B.C., the pipe organ appeared in Greece. Scholars argue that Ctesibius of Alexandria, engineer, invented the instrument. Rather than conceived as a musical instrument, for him, the organ acted as a demonstration of hydraulic principles. Thus, the earliest...

The Piano – Keyboard Instruments

A variety of keyboard instruments existed before the piano. For instance, the hammered dulcimer was the first widely used stringed musical instrument. It holds the credit of being a forerunner of the later piano. It has appeared in the Middle East, Southwest Asia,...