July 31st is one of the more unusual holidays; it’s uncommon musical instrument day. In honor of this upcoming holiday, we would like to shine a light on five of by far the strangest instruments you’ll ever see. And what do we mean by weird? Well, do trees and lightning sound weird enough? Because apparently, they can produce music.
Zeusaphone a.k.a. The Thoramin
The name Zeusaphone seems appropriate for a musical instrument that literally plays music with lightning. The instrument is also called a Thoramin or singing Tesla coil, and it’s essentially a plasma speaker that works by controlling the spark output of a Tesla coil which creates a shocking effect.
This instrument, in all its weird glory, wins in both categories of best name and most terrifying listening experience. The name zeusaphone was coined at a public demonstration of the instrument in 2007 at a science fiction convention in Naperville, Illinois.