Kaisatsuko by Yuichi Onoue

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Think of the Kaisatsuko as a fiddle without a bow. Yuichi Onoue turns a wheel that vibrates the strings, which in turn creates the sound. So who can be the first to name the song he is playing? No cheating!

Since the basic sound signal of the instrument can be sent through an amplifier, its sound can be altered by various effects and played in a number of different musical styles. The neck of the Kaisatsuko does not have frets on it, so Yuichi can use various slide techniques to give it a sound reminiscent of many traditional Asian musical instruments.

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18 thoughts on “Kaisatsuko by Yuichi Onoue

  1. Kevin says:

    Baba O’riley (teenage wasteland, what do I win? lol

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @kevin…Nope, sorry.

  2. Will says:

    I’d posit that the song he’s playing is “Beautiful Stranger”. Not sure who the original artist is, but I remember it from the Austin Powers OST.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @Wil…again, sorry…not it.

  3. Michael says:

    It’s Within You Without You – a Beatles song off the Sgt Pepper’s album.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @Michael

      We have a winner!

  4. Marco A. says:

    Isn’t this instrument similar to a hurdy gurdy?

    there a a lot of hurdy gurdy type instrument on dennis havlena website as well.

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @Marco

      Yes it it, and yes there are. I covered his web site a while back. I love his work.

      http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/06/dennis_havlena_homemade_i.html

  5. sodakar says:

    I wonder if he could simply put a motor on it, or is his right hand vibrating the strings at a varying rate? (I can’t tell)

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