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*** ''Release 4:'' [[Release:5b55286b-b8da-4910-932d-79477247896c|Artificial]] - bell tree by Tim Irrgang --[[User:Shepard|Shepard]] 17:37, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
 
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*** ''Release 5:'' [[Release:4c815568-5cba-48f3-8a0c-8f4fa98175fe|The Garden]] - bell tree by Tim Irrgang --[[User:Shepard|Shepard]] 20:55, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
 
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Revision as of 20:55, 20 May 2011

A new instrument will be added only when it is used on at least 5 releases.

If the instrument you want added is not listed below, please add it. If the instrument is already listed, please add the applicable release(s) to that listing. In either case, please supply as much information about the instrument as possible. Please also search the Instrument list to make sure it is not already there under a different name.

When a proposed instrument has been added on the server, its info will be moved to the Recently Added section of this page.

Contents

Proposed Instrument List

Template:Instrument

17-string koto

    • AKA: Jūshichi-gen, 十七絃, 十七弦
    • Description: A koto with 17 rather than 13 strings, sometimes described as a bass koto.
    • Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Strings / ... / Koto
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Accordina

    • AKA:
    • Description: it's a free reed musical instrument like the accordion or harmonica, more information
    • Instrument Family: Free reed
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Acoustic Instruments

    • AKA:
    • Description: Generic instrument credit
    • Instrument Family: Instruments
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • We already have Electronic Instruments in the tree.

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Agogô

Alfaia drum

Algozey

Aman khuur

    • AKA: Khel khuur, khulsan khuur, tömör khuur (with many spelling variations including: aman huur, aman xuur, hel huur, xel xuur, hulsan huur, xulsan xuur, tömör huur, tömör xuur), ヘル・ホール
    • Description: A Mongolian Jew's harp.
    • Instrument Family: Wind instruments / ... / Jew's harp
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Apito

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Arco Bass

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Archlute

    • AKA: Arciliuto (Italian); Erzlaute (German); Архилютня (Russian)
    • Description: The archlute is a European plucked string instrument developed around 1600 as a compromise between the very large theorbo, the size and re-entrant tuning of which made for difficulties in the performance of solo music, and the Renaissance tenor lute, which lacked the bass range of the theorbo. Essentially a tenor lute with the theorbo's neck-extension, the archlute lacks the power in the tenor and the bass that the theorbo's large body and typically greater string length provide.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Ashiko

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a type of drum played with the hands
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Atarigane

Backpacker guitar

    • AKA: Martin Backpacker guitar
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: A Place in the World (John Jennings, tracks 3 and 8)
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Backwards electric guitar

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Not Too Late
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Adam Levy is credited playing backwards electric guitars on Not Too Late. Is this really a separate instrument? :-S -- Prodoc 15:20, 08 March 2008 (UTC)
        • Honestly, I highly doubt it. He's probably just playing it behind his back/head, reversed, on in some other strange way. Or perhaps it's a left-hand guitar. I don't know. But I doubt it warrants an instrument listing on its own. -- FrederikSOlesen 00:27, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Balalaika double bass

    • AKA: contrabass balalaika
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • Vitaly Hrenov is credited playing Balalaika double bass on Dark Ages. I don't know this instrument at all so I don't know if the 'double bass' aspect is default for this instrument or not. If it isn't, should we include it as a separate instrument? -- Prodoc 15:20, 08 March 2008 (UTC)
        • You provided the link to Wikipedia and still didn't read the article? Double bass would correspond to the contrabass tuning. Just use balalaika for now and record the tuning in the Sub Optimal Credits. Tunings will most likely be added as a separate attribute. -- FrederikSOlesen 00:27, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

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Banjolin

Four-string Banjo

    • AKA:
    • Description: a banjo, with four strings
    • Instrument Family: Strings, Banjo
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Genuine Negro Jig by Caroline Chocolate Drops
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Five-string Banjo

    • AKA:
    • Description: a banjo, with five strings
    • Instrument Family: Strings, Banjo
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Genuine Negro Jig by Caroline Chocolate Drops
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Banjo-ukelele

Baroque Trumpet

Bapang

Barrel Organ

Bass Marimba

Bawu

Bellowphone

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Bell tree

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Tuned percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Blaster Beam

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Body Percussion

Bowed Piano

Broom Stick

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Buk

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Korean drum played with one hand and one stick
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Bullroarer

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Byzaanchi

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Caixa

    • AKA:
    • Caixa
    • Description: a Brazilian snare drum used in samba music
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Cavaquinho

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A Portuguese instrument similar to the Ukulele.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Caxixi

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: an African drum, seems to be played both as a shaker and a hand drum?
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Chainsaw

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A powered tool primarily used in the cutting of wood
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Chanter

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Chanzy

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Chikuzen Biwa

    • AKA: 筑前琵琶
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A biwa with either four strings and frets or five strings and frets popularised during the Meiji period.
    • Instrument Family: Strings / ... / Biwa
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Ching

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Chinese finger cymbals
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
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Chitarra battente

Cimbasso

Computer

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
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Computer hard drive "triangle"

    • Description: presumably the platter from a computer hard drive, played as a triangle.
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Genuine Negro Jig by Caroline Chocolate Drops
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments: Yeah, this'll never get added. --Hawke 00:03, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

Anglo concertina

    • AKA: Anglo-German concertina
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: the Anglo or Anglo-German concertina is historically a hybrid between the English and German types of concertinas. The button layouts are generally the same as the original 20-button German concertinas designed by Uhlig in 1834.
    • Instrument Family: Free-reed aerophone
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

English concertina

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a fully chromatic instrument having buttons in a rectangular arrangement of four staggered rows.
    • Instrument Family: Free-reed aerophone
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Contrabass Guitar

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a low-register plucked string instrument in the guitar family, which has six strings.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Cornamuse

    • AKA:
    • Description: Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Winds (double reed)
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Alchemist
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Cromorne

Cuíca

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Brazilian friction drum used in samba music
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Daegeum

    • AKA: Taegum, daegum, taegŭm, 대금
    • Description: A large Korean transverse flute made of bamboo.
    • Instrument Family: Wind instruments / ... / Transverse flute
    • Wikipedia
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Daruan

    • AKA: 大阮
    • Description: A bass ruan.
    • Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Strings / ... / Moon lute (or Ruan, if that gets added)
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Dhol

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: an Indian and Pakistani barrel drum
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Dictaphone

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Speech playback device
    • Instrument Family: Vocoder?
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Snake Charmer Holger Czukay on tracks 1,3 & 5
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Dilruba

Domra

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a long-necked Russian string instrument of the lute family with a round body and three or four metal strings
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Le Pop
      • Release 2: På väg has primdomra, altdomra and tenordomra (all mentioned in the Wikipedia article) on track 2
      • Release 3: Sieben/Seven has domra on tracks 5 & 8
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Doshpuluur

    • AKA: Toshpuluur
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a plucked, banjo-like, long-necked lute used in the Tuva region of Mongolia.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Double-reed Slide Music Stand

    • AKA:
    • Description: An oboe read crossed with a music stand into a funky slidebar instrument.
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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    • Comments:
      • Used by, who else, PDQ Bach. -- BrianSchweitzer 11:26, 27 October 2007 (UTC)

Drone

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other? Winds?
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. -- BrianSchweitzer
      • Is this an actual instrument of its own, or just generic droning (which can be done on most melody instruments)? -- FrederikSOlesen 10:12, 09 March 2008 (UTC)
        • I'm not sure - Discogs gives no description for this one, I'll have to try to dig it out of their change notes if they mean as you describe, if they perhaps mean a tanpura, or if they mean something else. -- BrianSchweitzer 11:46, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Duck call

Dulcian

    • AKA: curtal
    • Description: Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Winds (bassoon-like)
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Alchemist
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Dulcimer

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. -- BrianSchweitzer
      • We already have Appalachian dulcimer (plucked) and Hammered dulcimer (struck), as well as several children of the hammered dulcimer. Sure it isn't one of these? -- FrederikSOlesen 20:27, 06 May 2008 (UTC)
      • According to Wikipedia, "dulcimer" on its own refers to the Appalachian dulcimer. Does anyone know how true that is? I've also removed Wall-E from this list as that page also says that lap dulcimer is another name for Appalachian dulcimer. --Nikki 13:01, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Dunduk

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
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Dutar

Eagle Bone Whistle

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Sacred Native American instrument.
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
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Effects

E-Flat Bass Tuba

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Brass
    • Appears On:
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Eight String Bass

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: The Dreaming
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Ektare

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Electric Acoustic Guitar

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • I'm a bit surprised that this isn't here already, it's not exactly a rare instrument. I came across one release it's used in - but I have no doubt that it's out there on various other releases as well. -- Kilu
        • From what I can tell, it's just a regular (acoustic) guitar with pick-ups. Do you want "electric-acoustic" bouzoukis, banjos, harps, accordions, violins, guitar basses, double basses, ... etc. as well? -- -- FrederikSOlesen 10:42, 13 July 2007 (UTC)
          • I suppose you have a point there. I personally don't have an electric acoustic anything, so I don't know if the sound is any different from normal acoustic. I do think that it's sort of odd that it's specifically credited as such in the booklet though. Kilu
          • Perhaps an "electric" option which could then be applied to any instrument in the list? -- BrianSchweitzer 13:40, 13 August 2007 (UTC)

Electric Baritone Guitar

    • AKA: Scale Baritone Guitar
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Six-string guitar tuned an octave lower than standard tuning, which can function as a bass or electric guitar, but with its own distinctive sound.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • Adding primarily for Doug McCombs's work in Tortoise, but Wikipedia states its use by more players. -- M. del Carpio 10:36, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Electric bouzouki

    • AKA:
    • image search
    • Description: Electric bouzouki
    • Instrument Family: Bouzouki
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Celtic Moon (Niall O'Callánain)
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Electronics

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Idiology
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

F Bass Tuba

Feet and Clogs

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion/Other Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • I see that the list does already have "Handclaps", and surely feet are no less important musically than hands? I have many recordings with credits for human percussion. For example, from Rice, how should I enter Lucy Adams feet, clogs, singing? -- monxton 02:45, 13 February 2009 (UTC)
      • Suggest rename to "Foot Percussion". This is the name I've heard it under in reference to traditional French-Canadian and traditional New England music, where it is very common. For reference I can only give links like [2] and [3]. Dolphinling 05:36, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Flageolet

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Flugabone

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Frame drum set

    • Description: set of frame drums
    • Instrument Family: Percussion, Frame Drum, Drum set
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Genuine Negro Jig by Carolina Chocolate Drops
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Adding just Rebana may suffice; a Kompang is a smaller version but I believe the same.

Fretless Guitar

Frottoir

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a variation of the washboard made specifically for Zydeco music; also called a rubboard
    • Instrument Family: Other Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Idiology (as "rubboard")
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Even thought the wikipedia page is really a redirect to the page on the Washboard, the Frottoir is mentioned in the article as a different instrument (but derived from the Washboard). It's in the section "The washboard as a musical instrument" -- Vivek Bhaskar 20:32, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Fujara

Ganzá

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a Brazilian rattle
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Gittern

    • AKA:
    • Description: Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Strings (ancestor to guitar, lute, mandolin)
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Alchemist
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:

Glass Bottle

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:

Glass Bowl

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Goc

    • AKA:
    • Description: a serbian traditional drum.
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Guimbri

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Greek lyra

Greek lute

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
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Guitalele

    • AKA: Guitalélé, Guitarlele, Guitarlélé, Guitatélé (typo), Yamaha GL-1 (product)
    • Description: small sized guitar tuned like a ukulélé
    • Instrument Family: Guitars
    • Wikipedia
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Guitarrón mexicano

    • AKA: Guitarrón, Mexican guitarron, Mexican large guitar (literal translation)
    • Description: A large, deep-bodied Mexican 6-string acoustic bass played in mariachi groups.
    • Instrument Family: Guitars
    • Wikipedia
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • A predecessor of the modern acoustic bass guitar
      • Also a distinct instrument at Discogs
      • Not to be confused with the Guitarrón chileno

Haegeum

    • AKA: 해금
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Korean bowed string instrument related to Chinese Huqin/Erhu
    • Instrument Family: Bowed string instruments
    • Appears On:
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Hang

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Hand-played instrument with a steelpan-like sound made of two steel sheet bowls put together in a UFO-like shape
    • Instrument Family: Percussions
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Harmonitor

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family:
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Siren on track 14
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • No idea what this actually is, only reference I can find so far seems to be on the credits page for Siren

Harpeleik

    • AKA:
    • Description: a chorded zither
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Le Pop
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Heike Biwa

    • AKA: 平家琵琶
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A biwa with four strings and five frets used to play Heike Monogatari.
    • Instrument Family: Strings / ... / Biwa
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Homus

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Hulusi

    • AKA: 葫蘆絲, 葫芦丝
    • Description: A Chinese free reed wind instrument flute typically made of bamboo.
    • Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Winds / ... / Free reed
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Igil

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Janggu

    • AKA: janggo, changgo, 장고, 장구
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a traditional Korean drum
    • Instrument Family: Percussion instruments / Drums
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Jarana

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Mexican guitar variant
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Excitable Boy
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Jug

Kabosy

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Kanjira

Katem

Khene

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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K'kwaengwari

    • AKA: Kkwaenggwari
    • Description: Korean gong
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Kompang

    • AKA: Rebana
    • Description: type of Rebana, a small frame drum used in Islamic devotional music in traditional Malay culture. (Wikipedia)
    • Instrument Family: Percussion, Frame Drum
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Louder than Light by Wicked Aura Batacada
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Adding just Rebana may suffice; a Kompang is a smaller version but I believe the same.

Kotsuzumi

    • AKA: 小鼓
    • Description: Hourglass shaped Japanese drum, smaller than the ōtsuzumi
    • Wikipedia: wikipedia:Tsuzumi
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Kutero/Kutiro

    • AKA:
    • Description: A set of three drums played by Mandinka people in West Africa. Similar to Sabar or Djembe. Picture here.
    • Instrument Family: Drums
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Ascension by Pep Love (track 16)
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Launeddas

    • AKA:
    • Launeddas
    • Description: a typical Sardinian woodwind instrument, consisting of three pipes
    • Instrument family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Caminos de pache by Tenores di Bitti "Remunnu 'e Locu"
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Limbe

    • AKA: リンベ, лимбэ, limb
    • Description: A Mongolian transverse flute.
    • Instrument Family: Wind instruments / ... / Transverse flute
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

"leg" percussion

    • AKA:
    • Description: percussion music performed with the legs, presumably
    • Instrument family: other percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Genuine Negro Jig by Carolina Chocolate Drops
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Loops

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: 52 credits loops, drum loops, percussion loops on several songs
      • Release 2: Sieben/Seven on track 11
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Lur

Lyricon

Mandoguitar

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Marimbaphone

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Tuned Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Seeds
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Used by Fats Sadi on Seeds, not currently credited -- Wizzcat 21:29, 09 August 2008 (UTC)

Marímbula

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: folk musical instrument of the Caribbean Islands (not to be confused with a marimba).
    • Instrument Family: Lamellophone
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • Different to African lamellophones used to produce complex polyphony and polyrhythms, the marímbula basically plays the role of a bass guitar. -- Fabe56

Mexican Harp / Arpa de Mariachi

Mizmar

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Modular Synthesizer

Note that a Moog is a type of Modular synth. http://www.modcan.com/ has some good photos as well.

Mridangam

    • AKA: "mridanga", "mrudangam", "mrdangam", "mrithangam", "miruthangam", and "mirudhangam"
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a south Indian drum
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Music Sequencer

    • AKA: Sequencer
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a device designed to play back musical notation
    • Instrument Family: Electronic
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Nagadou-daiko

Ney

Njarka

    • AKA: N'jarka
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a small fiddle made from a gourd, with one gut string, which is native to Mali.
    • Instrument Family: String instruments
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: The River by Ali Farka Touré
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Ngoni

    • AKA: N'goni, N'gone
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a plucked string instrument from West Africa, possibly an ancestor of the banjo.
    • Instrument Family: String instruments
    • Appears On:
    • Comments: The sleeve notes for release 1 credit Bassekou Kouyate with both ngoni and ngoni ba - so I must assume they are different, but I do not know how.

Nokan

Nyabinghi Drums (Funde, Thunder, Repeater/Keteh)

    • AKA: Rastafarian/jamaican drums
    • Wikipedia and drums
    • Description: played at a groundation ceremony in rasta culture. Nyabinghi music is played in 4/4 time on three drums:
Thunder: It is a double-headed bass drum, played with a mallet. The strokes are an open tone on 1 and a dampened stroke on 3. Occasionally, the thunder player will syncopate the rhythm.
Funde: The funde is the middle drum. It maintains the dominant heartbeat rhythm as the funde player makes steady, dampened strokes on 1 and 3.
Repeater/Keteh: The repeater or keteh, is the smallest and highest pitched drum. The drummer tends to play around 2 and 4 , with a syncopated feel. It is seen as the carrier of spirit and fire of the music.
Maybe these are two specific, but noting here in case they are credited this way on other releases. These are roughly equivalent to other standard percussion instruments like "bass drum", congas, bongos etc.
    • Instrument Family: Drums / Nyabinghi drums (preferably with an instrument each for the three)
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Light by Matisyahu
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Oboe d'amore

Ocarina, Double-chambered

    • AKA: Treble Ocarina
    • Description: Ocarina
    • Instrument Family: Woodwinds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
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      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Ocarina, Triple-chambered

Organo di Legno

    • AKA: Wooden Pipe Organ
    • Description: A small chamber organ with wooden pipes which was well known in the Renaissance, but of which there appear to be no other surviving examples except for one made by Lorenzo da Pavia in Venice in 1494 that is now kept in the Museo Correr, Venice, Italy. Such instruments were prized for their sweet sound, described as "soave". Lorenzo's organ was pitched at a' = 455 Hz (± 4 Hz), one of the fairly high Venetian instrumental pitches. The compass is F,G-f³ (i.e. no F#), which retains the possibility of using the upper part of the range for repeating melodies at the octave.
    • Instrument Family: Winds / Keyboard
    • Appears On:
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Orpharion

Ōtsuzumi

    • AKA: 大鼓
    • Description: Hourglass shaped Japanese drum, larger than the kotsuzumi
    • Wikipedia: wikipedia:Ōtsuzumi
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Outi

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Pandeiro

Pandereta

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Wikipedia links it to 'tambourine', but it's an incorrect translation. The Pandereta is a Puerto Rican franc drum, which is in the same family, but not the same as a tambourine.
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • BrianSchweitzer 03:19, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
      • Be careful, though. Pandereta does mean Tambourine in European Spanish.

Pandero

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia (translated)
    • Description: Described in the liner as a "Spanish franc drum", looks like it's a relative of the tambourine.
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Pedalboard

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
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Piccolo trumpet

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Brass
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Mozart also wrote several works for trumpet quintet, which includes a piccolo trumpet. Again, to properly AR several CDs in the 170 CD set, I need this one too. -- BrianSchweitzer 06:21, 03 November 2007 (UTC)

Pipe

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Piri

    • AKA: 피리
    • Description: A Korean double reed instrument made of bamboo.
    • Instrument Family: Wind instruments / .. / Double reed
    • Wikipedia
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Pixiephone

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:

Player Piano

    • Issue:
    • AKA: Reproducing Piano
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Player pianos play themselves, but esp. in the reproducing versions, rather than being programmed like midi tracks, they were actually played by someone, and the roll thus produced became the piano roll.
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Pocket Trumpet

    • Issue: Ticket #3536
    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Brass
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • a compact size B♭ trumpet, easy to carry around. Though never was considered good enough to be in official use in orchestras, it was featured quite some times in small jazz bands. Don Cherry is Mr. Pocket Trumpet, and him alone has dozen of releases on which he uses it (also check most Ornette Coleman releases where he features) - revealing this somewhat neglected poor trumpet its true potential. All these are currently documented as simply trumpet. Note this is not the same as the Piccolo Trumpet that we now have. More about the thingie at wackypedia. -- dmppanda 05:24, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Polynesian Log Drums

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Big Ones
      • Release 2:
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Post horn

    • AKA: coach horn, posthorn, post-horn
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: The post horn is a valveless cylindrical brass or copper instrument with cupped mouthpiece, used to signal the arrival or departure of a post rider or mail coach. It was used especially by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries.
      Mozart, Mahler, and others incorporated the instrument into their orchestras for certain pieces. On such occasions, the orchestra's horn player usually plays the instrument. One example of post horn use in modern classical music is the famous off-stage solo in Mahler's Third Symphony. Due to the scarcity of this instrument, however, music written for it is usually played on a trumpet or flugelhorn.
    • Instrument Family: Brass
    • Appears On:
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Pots & Pans

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Prepared Guitar

  • AKA: Tabletop Guitar
  • Wikipedia:Prepared guitar
  • Instrument Family: Guitar
  • Description: A prepared guitar is a guitar which has had its timbre altered by placing various objects on or between the instrument's strings, including other extended techniques. This practice is sometimes called tabletop guitar, because many prepared guitarists do not hold the instrument in the usual manner, but instead place the guitar on a table to manipulate it. (from Wikipedia)
  • Tagged With: instrument-prepared guitar
  • Appears On:
  • Comments:
    • This seems kind of like a style of playing, involving manipulating an instrument in non-standard ways by adding to it. It seems to be applicable to nearly any instrument, but the only two examples on Wikipedia that use the "prepared" terminolody are Guitar and Piano.

Prepared Piano

Pump organ

Ramana

    • AKA:
    • Ramana
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • A type of drum, not seeing much info on it. There is a picture of one at the linked site, however. -- BrianSchweitzer 03:19, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Rackett

    • AKA:
    • Description: Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Winds (bassoon-like)
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Alchemist
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
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Rauschpfeife

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
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    • Comments:

Reactable

    • AKA: Reactable Systems
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: electronic musical instrument with a tabletop
    • Instrument Family: Electronic instruments
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Voltaic
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
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Official website

Rebana

    • AKA:
    • Description: a small frame drum used in Islamic devotional music in traditional Malay culture. (Wikipedia)
    • Instrument Family: Percussion, Frame Drum
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Louder than Light by Wicked Aura Batacada (credited as Kompang, smaller version)
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • Could be added with Kompang as a sub-instrument, but as Kompang is I believe just a smaller version adding Rebana may suffice.

Reco-reco

    • AKA:
    • Reco-reco
    • Description: a specific type of Brazilian Güiro
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Regal

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Renaissance Harp

Repinique

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a 2-headed Brazilian drum
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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      • Release 3:
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Requinto Jarocho

Riqq

Rozhok

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Ruan

    • AKA:
    • Description: Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
      • Release 2:
      • Release 3:
      • Release 4:
      • Release 5:
    • Comments:
      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. -- BrianSchweitzer
      • Even if we have no specific releases for this one yet, it should be certainly kept. We already have 苗晓芸, a "notable Ruan player".

Sabar

    • AKA:
    • wikipedia
    • Description: Traditional Senegalese drum.
    • Instrument Family: Drums
    • Appears On:
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Sansula

Satsuma Biwa

    • AKA: 薩摩琵琶
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A biwa with four strings and frets popularised during the Edo period.
    • Instrument Family: Strings / ... / Biwa
    • Appears On:
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Saxobone

    • AKA:
    • Description: A trombine modified to accept a saxophone mouthpiece. Used by jazz player Eddie Harris (inventor?) among others.
    • Instrument Family: Brass? Winds?
    • Appears On:
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Saz

Scratches

Shanai

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
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Shehnai

    • AKA:
    • Description: A double reed conical oboe, common in North India (Wikipedia)
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Raaven (track 6, entered as oboe)
      • Release 2:
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Shime-daiko

Shudraga

    • AKA: Shanz, ショダルガ, Shadraga
    • Description: A Mongolian fretless lute with three strings.
    • Instrument Family: String instruments / ... / Lute
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • Probably related to the sanxian. Nikki 02:56, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Sintir

    • AKA: سنتير‎, Guembri (Arabic: الكمبري‎), Gimbri or Hejhouj.
    • Description: three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute.
    • Wikipedia
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
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Slapstick

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a wooden whip - 'The other type also has two planks of woods, one longer than the other, with one handle, connected with a spring hinge so it can be played with just one hand, though it cannot produce sounds as loud as a whip requiring both hands.'
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Soprano Guitar

    • AKA: Octave Guitar
    • Description: Tuned one octave over an ordinary guitar
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Hoven Droven, track 3
      • Release 2:
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Spilåpipa

Spinet

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A small piano, harpsichord or organ
    • Instrument Family: Keyboard
    • Appears On:
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Steelwhistle

    • AKA:
    • Description: Similar to a tin whistle??
    • Instrument Family:
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Strum Stick

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Sub Octivider

    • AKA:
    • Description: An effect pedal for electric guitars
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Coda
      • Release 2:
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Suling

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Suona

    • AKA: Laba
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A woodwind instrument used frequently in the folk music of northern China. With its loud and high-pitched sound, souna has, together with other instruments, been used to provide music of Chinese opera and for various occasions, such as wedding and funeral.
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Lingering
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Surbahar

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Swarmandel

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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SynthAxe

Tack piano

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a permanently altered version of an ordinary piano
    • Instrument Family: Keyboard
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Le Pop
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Tamborim

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A small, round Brazilian frame drum of Portuguese and African origin. The frame is 6" in diameter and may be made of metal, plastic or wood. The head is typically made of nylon and is normally very tightly tuned in order to ensure a high, sharp sound and a minimum of sustain. The drum is devoid of snares or jingles
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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    • Comments:
      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. -- BrianSchweitzer
        • What is this? -- FrederikSOlesen 10:12, 09 March 2008 (UTC)
          • As I said, this is simply using their list to compare against, but I would imagine is this instrument. That would seem to fit with Discogs' description: "A small, round Brazilian frame drum of Portuguese and African origin. The frame is 6" in diameter and may be made of metal, plastic or wood. The head is typically made of nylon and is normally very tightly tuned in order to ensure a high, sharp sound and a minimum of sustain. The drum is devoid of snares or jingles." -- BrianSchweitzer 11:46, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Tap dancing

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:
      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. See discussion below.

Tapboard

Tape

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Other
    • Appears On:
    • Comments:

Tar (drum)

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: A tar is a single-headed frame drum. The tar comes from North Africa and the Middle East.
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Tárogató

    • AKA:
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Winds
    • Appears On:
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Temple Bells

    • AKA:
    • Temple Bells
    • Description: a Japanese wind chime
    • Instrument Family: Percussion?
    • Appears On:
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Tenor trombone

    • AKA:
    • Description: Variation of trombone
    • Instrument Family: Wind brass
    • Appears On:
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Thon

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: Described in the liner as 'Thai drums'. Wikipedia describes it as a "goblet-shaped drum, played with the hands".
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Timber flute

    • AKA:
    • image search
    • Description: Maybe a kind of celtic flute
    • Instrument Family: Flute
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Celtic Moon (Cormac Breatnach)
      • Release 2:
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Time Machine

    • AKA: Folktek Time Machine
    • Wikipedia: ?
    • Description: A type of custom sequencer / samplable synthesiser made by Folktek
    • Instrument Family: Electronic Instruments
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: Freak Controller - Salmonella Dub
      • Release 2:
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Tipple

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a stringed musical instrument that is smaller that a guitar and larger than a ukulele, having aspects of both.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1:
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Tonkori

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a plucked string instrument played by the Ainu people of Hokkaidō, northern Japan and Sakhalin. It is unfretted and has between three and five strings which are not stopped but instead played "open."
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
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Tovshuur

    • AKA: Tobshuur, Topshuur, トヴショール
    • Description: A Mongolian plucked lute with two strings. The head of the neck is shaped like a swan.
    • Instrument Family: String instruments / ... / Lute
    • Appears On:
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Trautonium

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family:
    • Appears On:
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Tromboon

    • AKA: Babone
    • Wikipedia
    • Description:
    • Instrument Family: Brass
    • Appears On:
      • Release 1: PDQ Bach - The Seasonings
      • Release 2: PDQ Bach - Serenude (for devious instruments)
      • Release 3:
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    • Comments:

Tumbi

Tüngür

    • AKA: tünggür, düngür, dünggü
    • Tüngür
    • Description: A Tuvan Shamen drum
    • Instrument Family: Percussion
    • Appears On:
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Valiha

    • AKA:
    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a bamboo tube zither from Madagascar. It is played by plucking the strings, which may be made of metal or (originally) the bamboo skin which is pried up in long strands and propped up by small bridges.
    • Instrument Family: Strings
    • Appears On:
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Veena

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    • Wikipedia
    • Description: a plucked stringed instrument used in Carnatic music. There are several variations of the veena, which in its South Indian form is a member of the lute family.
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Viol / treble viol / viola da gamba / bass viol / violone / vihuela / viola da mano / Spanish vihuela / Mexican vihuela

Viol - (copying this section out of my original listing of the Viol in revision 198):

  • According to Wikipedia, "viol" and "viola da gamba" are the same... ? -- FrederikSOlesen 08:45, 01 May 2008 (UTC)
    • Wikipedia uses the terms somewhat confusingly, using the historical term and the modern term interchangably. "Viol" is generic, and one can (anachranistically) refer to the "Viola da gamba" family (as their linked to Viola da Gamba Society does) - the term once was used for all types, with octive ranges prefixed. So in the 1700's, one might have played a bass viola da gamba. In modern terminology, however, though the term can still be used generically for the family, "Viol" is the much more commonly used generic term, with the particular octive types titled as listed here ("bass viol", "treble viol", etc), with a reference to "so and so: viola da gamba" specifically being intended to mean what that same 1700's player would have called a tenor viola da gamba. When I layed out this instrument list, from Viol down to Mexican vihuela, I tried to lay it out as the tree would branch out under modern terminology. (While the "Viol" at top could be "Viola da Gamba", having it twice, once as the specific and once as the anachronicstic generic seems like it'd be much more confusing.) -- BrianSchweitzer 09:12, 01 May 2008 (UTC)

Baritone Viola

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    • Description: A viola with heavy strings which plays an octave lower?
    • Instrument Family: Strings
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Violino piccolo

Vienna Horn

Weissenborn Guitar

Whistling Water Jar

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Wind Chimes

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    • Instrument Family: Percussion?
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      • A Discogs instrument AR we don't yet list. -- BrianSchweitzer
        • We have "Chimes"... ? -- FrederikSOlesen 10:12, 09 March 2008 (UTC)
          • They list both "Chimes" and "Wind Chimes" as separate types; I'd imagine they're distinguishing between standard percussion chimes and real wind chimes as a subtype. -- BrianSchweitzer 11:46, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Wooden Bowl

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    • Instrument Family: Percussion
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      • Probably quite similar logic to the Wooden spoons below. I also have seen another release (A Canticle for Leibowitz) with a Pyrex bowl (ie, 'glass bowl') credit, in both cases used as a percussion instrument. -- BrianSchweitzer 03:19, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Wooden spoons

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    • Instrument Family: Percussion?
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      • Alexsander Hrenov is credited playing wooden spoons on Dark Ages. We do have spoons included in the instruments list but does the matterial of the instrument deserve to be included as separate entries? I don't know spoons as an instrument but if there's just a small selection of spoons in different materials availble we might as well include it. -- Prodoc 15:20, 08 March 2008 (UTC)
        • Well, wooden and metal (kitchen) spoons are by far the most common types of spoons, though bone/horn spoons are also out there. As a spoons player, I could probably give you a lengthier rant about the qualities of each type, but for the sake of this discussion, let me just say that there are different kinds of spoons, and the material does have an effect on the produced sound. :) -- FrederikSOlesen 00:03, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Xiao

Yatga

    • AKA: Yatag, ятга, ヤタッグ
    • Description: A Mongolian plucked zither.
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Yoochin

    • AKA: Yochin, ヨーチン
    • Description: A Mongolian hammered dulcimer.
    • Instrument Family: String instruments / ... / Hammered dulcimer
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      • Probably related to the yangqin. Nikki 02:56, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

Zhaleika

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Discussion

With regards to "generic" stuff, I just noticed there's no way for ARs that use the tree, like "arranged", to identify simply "arranged orchestral parts" or "arranged vocals", or similar arrangement roles. They're not instruments, but if we're going to reuse the tree for those types of ARs as well, perhaps those types of "super-generics" also ought to have a place in the revised tree? -- BrianSchweitzer 06:44, 22 March 2008 (UTC)

"Mbira (Mbira, (sansa, kalimba, luvale, karimba, marimbula, matape)) (7)" - I would suggest that this one is named such that it's unclear; the kalimba can be either the modern thumb piano, or the entire family, but the mbira is specifically the traditional thumb piano used within Zimbabwe. "Kalimba (Mbira, (sansa, kalimba, luvale, karimba, marimbula, matape)) (7)" would make much more sense. -- BrianSchweitzer 02:52, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Would be nice if the entry for "Jew's Harp" was changed into "Jew's Harp / Trump". Unless you know the instrument, it's easy to assume that "trump" is a kind of trumpet. -- TimVanHolder 21:00, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

  • According to Wikipedia, "trump" can mean either a Jew's harp or a trumpet (or a blow in a trumpet). -- FrederikSOlesen 08:26, 01 May 2008 (UTC)

Synths

Why shouldn't particular types of synth be added? They're frequently listed on CDs and some people care what type of synth was played. Why not make them subtypes of 'Synthesizer'. PaulSharpe

  • Because it's impossible to keep up with them all, especially considering the protracted process by which new instruments need to go through before they are added. I've said time and time again that this is all NUTS - what we need are a few (50 tops) instrument/role macro-categories, and then a free text field by which users can input qualifiers. Eg: "Synthesizer [MiniMoog]". --Gecks
    • Free text fields are not possible in the current Advanced Relationships implementation. (And also I think a mixture of a list and free text is counter productive, but well..) You guys are just too impatient. :) Let mo finish his job of restructuring the tree and after that he will create a wiki page to make the process of adding instruments much faster. Noone will die inbetween. And it will prevent total chaos to do it structured and in this order. --Shepard
  • The number of different synths produced numbers in the several hundreds. Roland alone has made well over 100 different synths and tone generators. Do you want to start listing all of those? That's a slipperly slope to be on. Besides, they are just models and brands. In the end the artist is still playing a synthesizer. If we start listing those then to be consistent we'd have to list the brand and model of all of the other instruments. Does it matter that Jaco Pastorius played a Fender Precision Bass on most of his albums or can we be content to know that he played electric bass guitar? Likewise, does it really matter that Lyle Mays played a Korg Triton and a Steinway Grand on the last Pat Metheny album or is knowing that he played synthesizer and piano enough? MattPerry

Dancing

  • Dancing - Occasionally, I stumble upon releases and tracks which have someone credited as "dancer" or with "dancing"
    • Stepdancing - I also see step dancing every now and then (actually, probably more often than simply dancing). --FrederikSOlesen 2007-04-17T07:52:33CEST (I will provide links to releases with these credits as soon as I get around making that Wiki Page I talked about yesterday in IRC.)
    • maybe Tapdancing, which is apparently a subtype of stepdancing - on Who Used to Dance (actually represented as "percussion instruments performed by Savion Glover"), and probably a lot more releases (Musicals' stuff).
  • I'm not really sure there is a point in crediting things that don't have a relation with the recorded sound (eg: "My mother made the cookies"), and possibly we may define this "instrument" only when it actually has a "part"? -- dmppanda 09:09, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
    • Well, all the dancing credits I thought of in my above proposal actually have a "part" in the sound picture. Step dance in particular is used in "Celtic" music for percussion, in line with bodhrán, bones, and spoons. -- FrederikSOlesen 13:02, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
      • krazykiwi says there's a band called 'Tilly and the Wall' who make a feature out of having a tap dancer instead of a drummer (both live and on recordings). -- mikemorr

Singular or Plural (parent) instruments

Parent instruments are named with inconsistent singular and plural form at the moment (e.g. 'Horn', 'Valved brass instruments', 'Flute' and 'Drums'). Some of the parent intruments are instruments of them selfves (e.g. 'Horn'), some are just a group indication (e.g. 'Valved brass instruments'). Both types can, and should be allowed to, be used in AR's depending on how someone is credited. I think this should be done in a more consitent manner. Away From Here is one example where one is credited arranging 'Horns' instead of just 'Horn'. There is, however, no plural form of 'Horn' available while the group 'Violins' does have 'Violin' in singular form included.

In the most accurate situation we should do the same for every group indication as we do for 'Violins' and 'Violin' thus e.g. changing 'Horn' to 'Horns' and adding 'Horn' as a sub instrument. This might, however, result in a drastic increase of the instrument list (not that it isn't already way too big but stil ;-)). Another option would be to change at least all of the parent intruments to use the 'Horn(s)' form and thus removing the singular forms like 'Violin' from the list. The downside would be that the AR's won't be as accurate as can be. Of course, we could simply make everything singular or plural but somehow this doesn't really appeal to me ;-) -- Prodoc 14:43, 08 March 2008 (UTC)

Failed, and why

Indian Strings

Tabla

  • Tabla already here, see Goblet Drum

Guitar synthesizer

  • Guitar synthesizer This shouldn't be added either. Just because you added a MIDI pickup to your guitar it doesn't change the fact that you're still playing a guitar.
  • I dispute this simplistic rejection, personally, and think it should be revisited. There are already many "specialized" versions of instruments listed on the current instrument tree, so this as a specialized electric guitar makes sense to me. There are also specialised Guitar Synth players; and all-in-one guitars that can be purchased. From Wikipedia "While the term "MIDI guitar" is often used as a synonym for the field of guitar/synthesis or for a guitar/synthesizer, MIDI is not always used. While most synthesizers use a keyboard interface to allow the performer to play the instrument, because synthesizers generate sounds electronically, a range of input devices can actuate them.[1] A guitar/synthesizer provides an interface which is familiar to a guitarist, allowing the guitarist to play synthesized sounds through the guitar. This diminishes the need for the guitarist to learn to play a keyboard, and allows for musical effects which are natural for a guitar but more difficult or impossible to produce using a keyboard." The fact that you can't achieve the same sound from a traditional synth keyboard or a regular electric guitar makes this distinct from both a "synth" and a "guitar". IMO, an instrument credit should represent both the input mechanism AND the sound that is produced. I mean, we even have both lap steel guitar and electric guitar... Neither "electric guitar" nor "synthesizier" accurately represent the play style and sound here. --Voiceinsideyou 06:04, 3 September 2009 (UTC)
  • I'd agree with Voiceinsideyou. If the saxophone synthesizer (aka EWI / Electronic Wind Instrument) could be added - and I think it was correct that we did add it - then I don't see any reason why a string instrument equivalent should be barred. If it is simply the addition of a MIDI pickup, that's one thing, but as Voice suggests, that's not the entirety of what might be meant by 'guitar syth'. BrianFreud 01:35, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

E-mu synthesizer

Yamaha DX7

  • Yamaha DX7 This is just a brand and model of synth. It should not be added.

Cymbalum

Kalimba

It's already in the list - look under "mbira". -- BrianSchweitzer 12:27, 09 March 2008 (UTC)

Bandoneon

Included in Free reed section as Bandoneón.

Clàrsach

  • A "clàrsach" and an Irish harp are the same, the only difference is whether the instrument or player or tune is from Ireland or Scotland. Which, IMHO, isn't enough to warrant its own entry. (And I play one, so I should be as eager as anyone to have as much granularity as possible in this area!) I'd support renaming "Irish harp" to "Irish harp / Clàrsach" though. -- FrederikSOlesen 18:40, 05 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Added to Irish harp as "Irish harp / Clàrsach". -- Reosarevok 18:31, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Cümbüş

  • I am not sure what the English word is, but Wikipedia also list it as Cümbüş and I never heard another saying for it. Many Turkish folk songs includes it. --syserror
  • already there, but because of the accents it's impossible to search for. it's just below biwa in the tree. Nikki 18:46, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

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