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Old Plastic Bottles Can Make a Cool Instrument

Who knew plastic bottles could sound so cool?  There's an instrument called a Flairdrum, and it's a series of plastic bottles along with a metal frame, and when the bottles are hit they make some pretty cool different tones.

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The bottle isn't actually what makes the sound, it's created by the pressure in the bottle. Flairdrum.com describes the science behind this instrument as:

With applying air pressure, a PET bottle can create an astonishingly clear and brilliant sound. The ingenious thing about it: The bottle is a sound generator and sound box in one. The higher the pressure, the higher the surface tension of the bottle and thus the higher the tone. Thus, a unique instrument, that invites you to pause and breathe deeply: the flairdrum

They actually sell kits to make your own flairdrum, and fully assembled flairdrums through flairdrum.com so if you like what you hear, you can buy a kit.

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Flairdrum Plays Metallica

A YouTuber by the name of Joe Porter shows off odd instruments and plays rock songs on them. Recently in a video, he showed off a flairdrum where he played the part of Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' and it sounds phenomenal!  In the video, he also plays Guns N' Roses on a steel pan, Enter Sandman on a hammered dulcimer (which also sounds super cool), and shows off many more instruments and plays little snips of rock and metal songs, check it out below.

 

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