Questions tagged [identify-this-instrument]

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Percussion instrument used in a USAFE Band

We went to a concert last night by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band (USAFE Band). I'm looking for the name of this instrument.
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Help identify instrument from Hateful Eight

In the movie Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino there is a recurring theme played by a low-sounding brass instrument. You can hear it in this piece. Is this a kind of tuba or horn?
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What is the deep instrument in the track 'The Boxer' by Simon & Garfunkel?

Towards the end of the song, while they are singing "Lie la lie lie lie lie lie," around 4:19, a very deep instrument joins the song for its closing moments, emitting blasts like an organ. What is ...
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What kind of brass instrument plays the intro on Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's Spottie?

I discovered Spottie by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. It is a cover of one of the songs by Outkast. Can someone tell me what kind of brass instrument begins at 0:09 and makes this deep sound?
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What is the name of the musical instrument shown on the video?

Here is the picture from the video: What is the name of the musical instrument shown there?
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What's the instrument at the beginning of Men At Work's “Down Under”?

In the studio (not live) version of Men at Work's Down Under, what are those percussion instruments in the intro (the first three seconds)? It sounds for all the world like really well-tuned iron ...
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Instrument in song “Khamoshiyan” from Bollywood movie soundtrack

Would like to have community's help on identifying the dominant instrument (obviously apart from purcussion, guitar) playing in this clip. It does seem to be synthesized sound, and heavily modulated. ...
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Is Zakir Hussain using a book as a percussion instrument?

Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia performed together in EtnoKraków Rozstaje (Crossroads) 2015. In the concert video uploaded on the festival's official YouTube channel, you can see that there is a ...
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What instruments are used in “For a few dollars More theme song”?

I don't have any know how about the music instruments, although I enjoy listening them but I don't know their names. I really enjoy listening to Ennio Morricone's For a few dollars More theme song ...
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What is the instrument in the intro of They Might Be Giants' cover of “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”?

What is the instrument playing the intro part in They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"? And any ideas on where I can find more music which sounds similar? In an attempt to be ...
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What instruments does coffin dance use?

I was curious and wondered what instruments was used to produce coffin dance song. When I tried to search it up on my own, the search showed me coffin dance played with weird instruments instead of ...
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Is this an early piano accordion? If not, what is it?

In the painting titled "Song of the angels" (1881), the angel on the left is playing something that looks like a piano accordion: (full resolution here; zoom in) According to Wikipedia, by 1881 ...
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What's the guitar Luke Pritchard uses in this video?

I recently came across this live version of a song called "How'd You Like That" and couldn't tell the guitar Luke's been using there. I really dig the sound of it and would totally love to get one ...
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What instrument is creating this percussive sound?

I was curious if you knew what instrument/or how they make the "clunking" beat sound throughout most of these pieces? House of Cards - Season 4 trailer - starting at 0:17 into the video. Spider-Man 3 ...
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What instrument plays intro theme of The Swan Lake, Op. 20?

What instrument plays intro theme of The Swan Lake, Op. 20? I can't tell if it's a flute or violin.
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What is this instrument used in Japanese songs?

In several songs, like 'Kaze no Uta' or 'Konpaku no Elegy', a beautiful instrument is used. In Kaze no Uta, on 0:12 and onwards. In Konpaku no Elegy, on 0:19 and onwards. Can anyone identify the ...
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Rachmaninoff: Symphony no.2 woodwind instrument

Firstly, Rachmaninoff. Holy s***! He must have been terribly sad :( There's a woodwind instrument at 35:21 sounds too rich for a flute is it an Oboe? It's the most wonderful passage, you can hear this ...
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What instrument(s) are used here?

I can't figure out what instrument(s) are playing in these two parts of a track from Company of Heroes 2: https://youtu.be/_KSs73RISh0?t=5s https://youtu.be/_KSs73RISh0?t=2m58s I'm thinking about ...
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

Dr Dre is a hip-hop producer who frequently used some sort of spinning spoon instrument during the late 90's in some of his beats. Some examples of this spoon sound can be heard in the beginning of ...
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What are the instruments Miles uses to record “Was he Slow?” in “Baby Driver”?

In the movie Baby Driver, Miles "Baby" records pieces of dialogue and creates his own mixtapes in his home studio which includes various analog equipment. I'm mostly interested in one which was used ...
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I can’t work out the instrument Stravinsky uses in “Pulcinella”

I can’t figure out what instrument is being used to aid in keeping his beat. It sounds like pizzicato on the cello, it’s too high for a double bass I think? You hear it at 1:28 and 2:01 for ...
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Instrument from Tzen Tze Re Rei - Loli Cosmica

I can clearly hear a classic acoustic guitar on the background but as second one there is another string instrument that resembles a smaller version of the guitar and slightly sounds like the harp (at ...
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What wind instrument plays the intro to the orchestrated composition of this song?

I'd like to know what's the main, salient instrument that plays the intro in this video, from 00:04 to 00:17. (Please note that the visuals is, I think, misleading: the players shown are not the ones ...
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What are these “click sounds” in the song *Cradles* by Sub Urban?

I found this really cool song on youtube: Sub Urban - Cradles and I love the, for the lack of a better word, "click sound" in the chorus at 0:48. I'd like to know if anyone knows of songs with these ...
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What's this percussion instrument in Starless by King Crimson

In the song Starless from King Crimson's album Red, in the slow guitar crescendo, Bill Bruford starts hitting notes and flams on what sounds like wooden instruments. The passage starts here. I've ...
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Where does this mandolin come from?

My friend inherited a mandolin - there is no visible inscription but family lore has it that it is about 100 years old and came from Austria. Does anyone know where we could find someone that can help ...
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Sounds like bass vibes - acoustic guitar magic?!? What instrument makes this sound?

In this recording of "Come On In This House" by Junior Wells from 1996, there is a low, rumbling sound and I'm wondering what instrument makes it. It sounds almost like vibes but there are no vibes ...
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Kraftwerk Synthesizers?

Today, i went to Antwerp to the concert of "Kraftwerk". They are with four standing side by side. It's always the same setup. They all have a special "desk" and at first glance, it seem that they all ...
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Plucked(?) instrument, Peking Duk - “Stranger” (Y2K Remix)

Simple question, that is bugging me. I love this sound @1.10 of this stringed instrument, but I have no idea what it is? Peking Duk - "Stranger" (Y2K Remix) ...
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Contrabasson or contrabass in the begining of this Harnoncourt recording of Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: “Herr, unser Herrscher”

== Crossposted from Music.SE as the question was deemed more appropriate for this site by a user with lots of rep == Consider this Harnoncourt recording of: Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "...
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What ghostly keyboard sound is used in *Emil Cioran: The Life of a Sage*

Please identify the ghostly keyboard sound from Emil Cioran: The Life of a Sage at 46:21. Does this sound form a recognized subgenre? Are there any composers who composed such music? This feels more ...
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What is the name of these medieval bells?

At 2:29 In the dialogue of side one of The Medieval Sound David Munrow said that medieval bells were frequently used for the Plainsong parts in church music and that the bells are struck with little ...
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What's the name of this instrument that Donald Duck is playing?

I've only ever heard this instrument in this cartoon and in some of Spike Jones' music but I have no idea what the instrument is. Its obviously some type of mallet instrument but not traditional like ...
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What is the sound from the drops of these songs?

I want to know what is the sound (or instrument) which forms the main melody in the drops from these songs: Disclosure - You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle) (Flume remix) (you can hear it starting ...
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What is this instrument in “Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise”?

I'm looking to identify the instrument (or synth?) that comes in at about 2:13 in Trembling Blue Stars' "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise": It also closes ...
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What kind of guitar is this?

Sorting through the belongings of my late grandfather did result in a guitar to be pass down to my branch of the family. My mother remembers it has been 'always there' so it might be bought well ...
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Please help me identify this mandolin shaped guitar

From a live version of PIL's "this is not a love song": the video is at
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What instrument is playing in this video clip?

I was listening to to the following video clip from 03:17 to 03:40 you can hear an instrument playing. I am unsure what instrument is playing is it a trumpet?
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Which kind of flute is the one that you can hear?

I'm listening the sound "Grassland theme from Heroes of Might and Magic" in Spotify. And I'm wondering which kind of flute is the one that you can here. Which kind of flute is?
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Name of music instrument used in Don't Starve

If you listen to - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7b8JIOPEUk (0:57) and - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGO72jL7veU (0:22) and (although I think I made my point) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Solo Music Instrument played in “All at Sea”?

In the 1957 movie "All at Sea" or "Barnacle Bill" starring Alec Guiness, there is a solo instrument often played to create a humorous sailor-ish effect. You can hear a very short bit of it in this ...
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Are the names of musical instruments globally standardised?

When I went to primary school in Australia in the 1980's, I was told by my Canadian music teacher that this instrument was a gXXXXXXXXXXX. Now when I look online - I'm told this device is a 'tone ...
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What is this orchestral percussion instrument used while battle drums play?

I have a problem to recognize one orchestral percussion instrument. It is used by some composers while battle drums play. It's a clicky sound, something like castanets, anvil, chains hit. It's played ...
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What kind of instrument/synthesizer did Finntroll use for 2012's “Under Bergets Rot”?

I'm currently on an adventure to find the best folk/black metal bands in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. I have just come across the wonderful band Finntroll, which describes their music as "...
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Information about old Höfner guitar

I got this old Höfner guitar from someone who got it as a heritage. Since they don’t play the guitar it was just sitting in their attic for quite some time. A few days ago they passed it on to me. I’...
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Foreigner - I want to know what Love is song

What are the different musical instruments played in this song? I mean Guitar, Drums, Synthesizer, Violin etc?
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What is this instrument from Rayman Origins Game?

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 ...
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Instrument in Sparrow's “Rainbow Mountain” at 5'25''

The song is 彩虹山(Rainbow Mountain) by 文雀(Sparrow). What is the instrument playing the repeated note in this song starting from 5'25''? To my limited music knowledge it sounds like violin, but I'm not ...
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Which whistle-like instrument is used in Caravan Palace's “Cotton Heads”?

I've been trying to transcribe Caravan Palace's "Cotton Heads", and have been failing to find an instrument that has the almost human whistle-like quality in the song. The instrument appears in the ...
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What instruments are used in the Star Trek (2009) theme song?

In particular, what instruments do I begin hearing at the ~39 second mark of this video? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EO1FZEUbZJE