Friday, April 14, 2017

Speaking of Shrimp Noise...

Listen as a French band called The Wackids uses a trio of toy instruments - an Otamatone, Spider-Man drums, and a mini electric guitar - to cover “Killing in the Name Of” by Rage Against the Machine in a truly unique and impressively catchy fashion. It’s not rock ’n’ roll, it’s rock ’n’ toys!


And if you thought THAT was weird...

Arigato Otamaton!  (for 4 minutes)

Or how about Ave Maria (2:38 min.)

No?  How about Somewhere Over the Rainbow? (2:18 min.)

Oh! You say you want one? Well, Amazon has them. They also have some fairly entertaining reviews like this one...

  on February 24, 2013

I got this gift as a joke for a friend of mine, whose more musically-inclined friend then amazed us all by being able to actually produce melodies out of it. Make no mistake: this is a shrill, squawking ear-splitter of an instrument, but it *is* an instrument. Made by the madcap genius troll artist-scientists at Japan's Maywa Denki, this is an instrument whose purpose is not so much to entertain others with your music, but more to entertain yourself by playing it. It comes, helpfully, with a simple sheet telling you how to operate the instrument (in Japanese, but with diagrams). Pressing down on certain points of the neck produce certain notes, squeezing the cheeks of the head will produce a vibrato effect, and switches on the back control octave and volume.

- Fun and easy to use

- You might have to listen to other people use it

I know it seems like I'm being hard on the Otamatone, but I still rate it five stars because it's so darn quirky and fun. I recommend looking it up on YouTube to hear it for yourself before buying.

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