Music & sounds

Interesting tunes and odd noises from around the world

Cuíca: The drum that sounds like a cross between a possum and a lion

Cuíca: The drum that sounds like a cross between a possum and a lion

Have you ever been listening to a nice bit of samba or reggae and wondered what that squeaking/woofing noise was?

Strange, beautiful and terrifying natural noises

Strange, beautiful and terrifying natural noises

Having researched national instruments from around the world, I started thinking about natural noises. Not boring ones like birdsong or whale calls – we’ve all heard those before! I’m talking about the noises of the planet.

Throat singing: What it is and how to do it

Last Sunday I watched Joanna Lumley’s ‘Trans-Siberian Adventure’ on ITV (it will come as no surprise that I love a travel program, will it?) And I have now decided that I will do away with my next holiday to Spain and go to Mongolia instead. It looks amazing. I was particularly enamoured, though, with the Mongolian throat singing I saw.

Weird musical instruments from around the world

So recently, I’ve begun take bass guitar lessons, but deciding on which instrument to learn was quite difficult… String, percussion, brass or woodwind? I had a look into several different options and found some very peculiar instruments that just needed to be shared!

5 national instruments from around the world

Every area has its own unique ‘sound’. Scotland sounds like a bag pipe, Australia sounds like a didgeridoo and Polynesia sounds like a nose-flute. We thought we would investigate further. WARNING: Listening to some of these clips may induce frenzied holiday purchasing!