Sometimes we might be surprised to hear a musical instrument we didn’t expect to pop up in a certain song, be it a sudden saxophone riff, uncharacteristic percussion elements or even the classic surprise guitar solo. But if any of these crazy instruments showed up in a song unexpectedly, you’d probably have a hard time identifying them – especially if you saw what they looked like. Here are some of our favourite insane instruments.
Somewhat traditional compared to the others on our list, but equally bizarre, is the serpent. It’s a distant cousin of both the brass and woodwind families, but since its quirky snake-like design doesn’t have the necessary features to fall under any particular category it is rarely featured in full orchestras.
Assembled originally as a performance piece for The Lyle and Sparkleface Band, the bikelophone incorporates half a bicycle into its complicated setup, along with a host of other more traditional musical elements, all linked and coordinated digitally to gradually build up an entire composition, all technically performed on one instrument.
This aquatic-inspired instrument takes the form of what looks like a metallic giant squid, with its operator standing in the centre. Functioning like a cross between a drum kit and a harmonica, the longest metal tube (9 metres) produces the highest pitched sound.Read more: The World’s Weirdest Musical Instruments