Balloon organ


12 Responses to “Balloon organ”

  1. CitrusFreak12 says:

    Can anyone tell me what the instrument he’s playing towards the end is?

  2. fran says:

    Hey there everybody.
    Thanks for the good words.
    I have an answer for citrusfreak12:

    The instrument that I’m playing at the end of the short video is one of my own. I call it the Flubbaphone. Like my Vestigial Organ, it uses a membrane for a reed. Membrane reeds are not so common as musical instruments, although every big truck has at least one (truck-horns are membrane-horns).
    I have coined a term for this family of wind instruments based on two ethnomusicological terms that are generally considered to be mutually exclusive (i.e. membranophones and aerophones, or drums and winds). I call them membraerophones.
    The Flubbaphone has other uncommon aspects: It is a finger-hole instrument with a tuning slide that can alter the tuning of any fingering while playing, and it has a bell that can be used to likewise modulate and articulate any pitch.

    While I also build alot of double reeds and metalophones, membreaerophones are my favorite family.

    There you have it!

  3. Wingo says:

    Dude, this guy must have WAY too much free time on his hands.

    And an unlimited supply of LSD.


  4. ymr049c says:

    Too awesome!

    Now I know how Zepp did the intro to “In the Light.”

  5. Dave X says:

    Here’s link to an article (with video) of a bubble organ:

  6. Hamish Grant says:

    are those yellow things spray handles for water hoses? My goodness this is a MAKEr’s dream come true.

  7. Dave X says:

    Oops, more things!

    A link to some little instruments (Air Blasters) you can buy that function like Fran Holland’s balloon organ tubing:

    I’d love to see some discussion of what sort of instrument these “Air Blasters” actually are, classification-wise:

    And Judy Dunaway, “Mother of Balloon Music”

  8. waugsqueke says:

    That is completely awesome. I love when he gets playing with the canter version of it, he plays just a couple of seconds of amazing Indian style bagpipe stuff. I’d love to hear compositions for the thing.

  9. goose bandit says:

    Addi is an amazing dude. Check out the rest of his “Inflatable Minute” videos- there’s one called “Giant Balloon Reverb and Nels Cline” that’s pretty killer!

  10. nirvan says:

    @ pedmands

    the vibraband vid of Stan Wood is also really cool, but this one seemed especially BoingBoingy.

    Addi’s got a bunch of cool videos. His perspective of the world via balloon art is awesome, as are his balloon sculptures.

  11. pedmands says:

    This video of Addi visiting Stan Wood, as far as it is known the creator of the “Vibraband”, is another that should simply not be missed.

    The Vibraband is a simple strip of rubber (band cut in half) played with the mouth (ala a piece of grass) and fingers that sounds uncannily like a saxophone.

  12. daveg says:

    I liked this so much that I had to sign up for an account just so I could thank Cory for posting it!

    One of my very favorite things I’ve seen online, even after years and years of surfing.

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