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Make Fruit Music

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Published July 21st 2011
All around the world, a revolution is taking place. In kitchens and concert halls, the people are rising up. They are saying, "No, we will not eat our fruits and vegetables. We care not for adequate nutrition. We care only for music."

Instead of eating vegetables, people are playing vegetables. Carrot kazoos, melon drums, radish clarinets - there is a potentially infinite number of musical instruments that can be made out of the humble edible plant. And it's easy to do - all you need are a few assorted vegetables, a kitchen knife, a drill, and maybe some gaffer tape.

This website has instructions on how to make fruit and vegetable instruments. There are instructions for:

A carrot kazoo

A radish clarinet

A melon drum

A capsicum shaker

A radish scraper

A cauliflower conch

You'll need an extra-long drill bit for making holes through the middle of the vegetables, but these should be readily available at any hardware store. Some recipes also call for things like tape or even a trumpet mouthpiece, but most instruments are made solely out of vegetables. This is something that children can do, with a bit of adult help and supervision.

But it's not only children who can enjoy this activity - many adults have made a career out of playing vegetable instruments. The Vegetable Orchestra is an ensemble based in Vienna, Austria whose instruments are made exclusively out of vegetables. The instruments are created just before each performance, to ensure maximum freshness. The Vegetable Orchestra plays a wide variety of sounds, including free jazz and experimental electronic. I, personally, was not aware that a vegetable counted as an 'electronic' instrument. Clearly, however, the vegetable family's non-electrical properties are no deterrent to the Vegetable Orchestra.

The Vegetable Orchestra has some videos for you to watch, and also some of their music excerpted for you to listen to. You can even buy a CD of their music.

There is truly no limit to the sounds you can make with fruits and vegetables. So get inspired. Get inventing.
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Cost: The price of a few vegetables
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