The Musical Art Within Art itself - (Brandon Russell)

This gallery is composed of the many musical instruments made around the globe, to help express the hidden art of music while expressing the artistic design behind each instrument.

The Copper Serpent represents a more odder shape than most traditional brass instruments in music, as its base shape closely resembles that of a real serpent, or a traditional snake. Dictated by its name, we can believe that the inspiration of this instrument's design is based off the representation of a poisonous serpent that was made by Moses during Israel's trek in the wilderness.
The Esraj, also known as the Indian Harp, is naturally found in two forms around the northern, central, and eastern regions of India. However, this particular esraj sports a very beautiful and entirely different form altogether, taking the shape of a peacock under the name "Mayuri". Through looks alone, it's hard to tell whether this esraj itself is attachable with the peacock being the stand for it. Otherwise, it seems as though this esraj is just for show, and not for actual playing.
In terms of basic design, the Double Chromatic Harp is probably one of the more basic ones of the string instruments. The only difference being in its core design where it looks like two separate harps that have been crossed together. This harp also sports gesso ornamentation on its top, center, and bottom of each column with roses, five-petal flowers, leaves, and a shield at the columns' crossing point.
Out of all of the different kinds of pianos out there in the world used in different cultures, the Jankó Upright Piano is one that probably screams out the most in terms of uniqueness. Unlike the traditional 88 keys that a grand piano normally has, this piano utilizes four separate rows of keys in its entirety. Although, similarities do show between the Jankó and the Grand, as they both sport the same traditional onyx-black color for them. This was also one of many other instruments to incorporate an ergonomic style to its design.
Just like the Jankó Upright Piano, this viola is another instrument to incorporate an ergonomic style to it. Although, the purpose of this particular instrument was likely made to be a bit more user-friendly to the performer/owner. The design behind this viola was constructed to help emphasize the larger sound chamber built within, while at the same time, provide the performer with a more stable playing position that wouldn't put as much strain on him/her. The vibrant ruby color along with the Pasque emblem on the top left, really help to also emphasize the beauty of the instrument in terms of both design and sound.
Marimbas are instruments that stem off of the piano family; not so much in terms of design, but rather the structure and layout. More so however, marimbas can be considered a counterpart to the xylophone, which is also part of the piano family in terms of its structure and layout. Both marimbas and xylophones may look similar, but the construction between the two differ in sound. Marimbas, when played, sound as if mallets are banging on musical wood, whereas the xylophone is played as if mallets are banging upon small bells. The Marimba Grande sports a bit of symbolism in its design with its carvings, as if two sides are about to go at war with each other.
The Pyeon Jong is a South Korean instrument comprised of a series of bells/chimes. Not much is said about the full functionality of this instrument, but at a glance, it could be interpreted that the Pyeon Jong could possibly share similarities with the traditional tubular bells. In terms of its artistic design however, this particular instrument probably has the most vibrancy and colors out of most instruments out there, if not all of them. Sporting red wood-like support, two multicolored beasts to its sides, and a rainbow-colored overhead, this instrument truly stands out among all others.
The Kakko is a Japanese drum consisting of two heads opposite of each other on its sides. Some could easily compare the Kakko in similarity to the traditional Japanese taiko drum, but the major difference between the two is the construction and design. Most taiko drums, if not all of them, are mainly larger than the the drummers themselves. The Kakko drum is a much smaller drum compared to the taiko drum and probably most drums in general. This drums design sports a vibrant green and red in terms of contrasting colors, with the red signifying a beautiful rose-like emblem to it and the lining for the drum's stand.
Compared to the Copper Serpent, this Tenor Trombone does look more traditional in design by comparison. However, this brass instrument's design alone still screams out a bit of uniqueness, considering that this design and structure altogether does not fit the description of a standard trombone. Most brass instruments in terms of design, usually have only one bell on it, while this one sports around seven. Not only that, but this trombone doesn't seem to support a traditional slider to it as well. It almost looks as though it would pass off more as a type of tuba, or french horn instead. In terms of color, this trombone doesn't seem to sport the same kind of golden shine that most brass instruments have. It seems to have more of a grittier, worn down bronze color, although its not farfetched to see most brass instruments like this as a natural color.
Reed organs are another type of instrument in the piano family. However, just like a marimba, a xylophone, and even a grand piano, The reed organ's structure and design give it a completely different sound compared to the rest of them. The best example that can probably be given would be that in terms of how a grand piano can bring out the beauty of something through music, whether it be happy or sad, reed organs have the potential to unleash the fear of something through its music, and that's based on sound alone. This reed organ sports a red and golden floral patterned cloth below the instrument itself, while the instrument alone houses a traditional wooden structure with a music stand, as well as what seems to be less keys than a traditional piano.
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