Musical Oddities and Monstrosities - Atlas Obscura

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Musical Oddities and Monstrosities

A strange symphony of unusual instruments.

Sip cocktails as you take in sounds that you’ve never heard before, and may never hear again.

In this special concert event, Atlas Obscura and sound artist Nick Yulman partner together for a program of musical oddities and delights. Hear books that growl like synthesizers, Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz and her singing saws, musical vegetables played by composer Angélica Negrón, new musical inventions by Merche Blasco, and a demonstration of the daxophone by Daniel Fishkin.

Your sonic evening will begin with Nick Yulman’s orchestra of robotic instruments playing his original songs in a gallery on the ground floor of a former rope factory. There, you’ll hear the surprising stories behind groundbreaking musical inventions and a chorus of rare instruments—ranging from the charming to cacophonous—played for you in this intimate concert. 

The event promises to be a truly special way to start off your Halloween weekend, with instruments that seem haunted themselves and the themed Monster Mash specialty cocktail.

Sound artist Nick Yulman has been building and composing music for robotic instruments for more than a decade. He’s brought his immersive “song installations” to venues around the world including Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, Warsaw’s Ujazdowski Castle, and an abandoned paint factory in Queens. He studied interactive media at NYU’s ITP program and has taught classes there on automata.

His love of strange music started as a young child when his parents played him the Kingston Trio’s version of “Tanga Tika” sped up to 45 rpm. He’s excited to share this program featuring some of his favorite adventurous music makers.

Additional Details:

  • Cash bar, 21+ to drink. Please bring I.D.
  • Your ticket admits you to the performance time listed on your ticket
  • Seating is first come, first served.


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