ClickScholar Mary Anna Cashmore suggested this website where you can listen to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!
When you get to the website you'll read an introduction. While these performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor. Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making it a delicious read. Use the menu to navigate the site that includes:
*Instruments - See photos of the various instruments and their names in German and English.
*Audio - Listen to "cuts" from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra's CDs.
*Video - THE BEST PART! Watch a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)
*Questions & Answers - Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra answered - be sure to click on the "read more" link to open a page with an extensive list of questions and answers. Then use the "ask us" link at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the YouTube video, "Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5aUz9cDaCY . A Japanese musician plays the carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube - as always parents should preview to determine suitability of content.]
Want to make your own vegetable instrument? You'll find some instructions on the "Play Your Food" website here http://www.playyourfood.com/ . When you get there, click on "Do It Yourself" on the menu at the top of the screen.