THE WATERPHONE: THE MUSIC OF HORROR

One-of-a-kind instrument that has been the soundtrack to many science fiction and horror films.

The Waterphone is a stainless steel percussion instrument with bronze tonal rods. The resonator is made of stainless steel and has bronze rods of different lengths around the bowl.

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The Waterphone was invented by Richard Waters.

The instrument is truly unique as it is hand made and utilizes water in its interior that bends tones and creates water echos.

Although knock offs exist, they do not produce the superior sound quality of the patented Waterphone.

Custom made in a hot metal process that has been developed over the past 40 years, the tonal rods are tuned to a combination of microtonal and diatonic relationships in two integrated scales that have even and uneven increments.

The Waterphone can be played with a violin bow or a small mallet.

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The sounds created by this instrument are very familiar to horror and science fiction fans. The Waterphone helped define the soundtracks of many films such as Let the Right One In, The Matrix, Poltergeist, Dark Water, and Aliens.

Here is a video of a Waterphone being played.

 

The Waterphone is a one-of-a-kind instrument that is has great representation in music in horror films. The sound it creates is unsettling, and will chill you to the bone.

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