this instrument is my new favorite: balloon organ

This instrument is totally awesome and it was even made in the Bay Area (Berkeley, of course) by Fran Holland. It sounds great and it’s fairly simple. It sounds like bagpipes, a lot more like uilleann pipes, which are bellows-blown and have bendable pitch, than the more common great highland sort.

The host, Addi, was also, apparently a DJ at the station down the road from mine and is the guy in that balloon hat movie (and balloonhat.com.

(via so many places: gizmodo, boing boing, my friend Colin, KZSU mailing lists)



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