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I've been playing with Rayman Origins game and I wondering what is the instrument that sounds in it. You can hear it in Jibberish Jungle ~ The Darktoon Chase.

It's the first one that sounds.

I think is an Australian aboriginal instrument.

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    I think Tetsujin is correct. Maybe you are mixing it with the Didgeridoo which is Australian aboriginal instrument but I'm pretty sure in your track it is a synthesised sound or a Jew's Harp. – Bebs Mar 6 '18 at 8:58
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This is definitely a jews harp, also known as a jaw harp.

https://youtu.be/G36qmpj50e8

This video is a little in depth, but around the 1 minute 8 second mark he starts demonstrating how he modulates the sound dramatically all with one jaw harp.

Furthermore, you can hear metal plucking in the Rayman song which is the characteristic jaw harp sound.

You might be wondering why some of the notes don't sustain in Jibberish Jungle. A skilled harpist can use muting techniques to stop and start the sustain giving some fantastic popping sounds: https://youtu.be/rXsr9gFn90U. Again, jump to around the minute mark to see a demonstration of the kind of muting going on in Jibberish Jungle.

That being said, it's probable that they take the original sample and filter and modulate it as the song progresses, you stop hearing the metal flick a few seconds in.

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A lot of the comments think it's a jews harp but I don't think it's a real instrument at all.

A jews harp has a lot more 'twang' in it & though you can kind of 'speak' whilst playing it, you can't get that kind of quick-change filter detail that I'm hearing.

I think it's one of two possibilities

  1. a synthesiser played through a talk box
    The two most famous exponents of this were Peter Frampton who used guitar, & directly influenced by Frampton, Roger Troutman, who used a synth instead.
    Peter Frampton, Do You Feel Like We Do - tagged to start at the drop solo 5:50
    Roger Troutman interview - he starts playing at about 30s, but it's well worth hearing the preamble.

  2. a vocoder...
    History of Talkbox, Vocoder, and Autotune [rather lumpily, but contains some good references] runs the entire musical history using clips from as far back as the 30s. Includes Frampton & Troutman. Ends up on autotune, which isn't relevant to this particular question.

Some more clips on Talkbox Clips - favorite old school style talkbox feat. Roger Troutman & Stevie Wonder

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  • My first guess would also be the Jew's Harp... – Bebs Dec 11 '17 at 8:08

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