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8 Strange Sculptures You Won’t Believe

When most of us think of sculpture, we think of cool, well-lit enclosed galleries, polished floors and glass cases where either a well-realized human form or some crazy angular abstract thing is on display. To the average human (aka me), sculpture is a weird, rather unapproachable art form for these reasons.

Thankfully, there are sculpture artists who think differently–who have literally thought outside the glass box and created amazingly weird (and funny) pieces of art that we can study, laugh at, and even interact with. In this way, they exemplify what it means to be creative: making stuff that no one else has attempted, just because no one else has done it and it sounds cool or funny. Here are some examples:

Looks like a pretty normal statue…except it’s hanging by one hand! How’d they do that?! (image source)

This sculpture just speaks to me–it says “STARBUCKS.” (Also, you might be addicted to coffee if your whole face is made out of it…image source)

Awesome way to both celebrate music and a musical instrument, with this neon-blue outdoor guitar sculpture. (image source

Aww, this is cute–sculpture can be small and sweet (and edible), yet still bring happiness! (image source)

These slender metal sculptures out in the middle of nature are what I like to call “Earth decorations.” (image source)

Stretch it, play with it (or prank somebody with it) and yet it retains its shape–nope, it’s not some sort of goop, it’s PAPER! (image source)

Not only is this a really neat-looking tree made out of pipes, it also makes sounds when the wind blows! (Video/audio of this “Singing Ringing Tree” available by the following link–it sounds SO creepy and cool. image source)

And sometimes, sculpture doesn’t need to make people think deeply–it just needs to give them a “What the–LOL!!” reaction. (image source)

10 Weird/Funny OCD Rules from My Life

OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is something we joke about in modern society. We use it as shorthand for being excessively picky about things, for instance, or for being overly bothered. Things like fixing crooked pictures and not letting foods touch on our plates are almost part of our culture now.

But for those of us who either are diagnosed with OCD or are pretty certain we have it, it’s a reality, however strange and funny it may seem to others (and to ourselves). I even have to laugh at myself when I realize how many things in my life are regulated with OCD’s little rules! Such rules make perfect sense to me, so I rarely think about them–that is, until I started brainstorming for this post. 😛

To demonstrate, here’s a few of the standout ways OCD runs my life:

  • In the shower, my hair must not touch my shoulders when it is covered in shampoo and I am scrubbing my back with body wash. (Shampoo mixing with body wash? A HUGE no-no, at least in my head!)
  • All apps must be force-closed on my iPhone before I charge it.
  • Socks must not be put on before pants. (I hate the feeling of fabric dragging against fabric!)
  • Posts on Tumblr must be thoroughly tagged with proper subject matter and general category tags. (It also bugs me when I see others’ posts not properly tagged, though I don’t say anything :P)
  • Salty and sweet flavors must not mix, either on the plate or in my mouth. (Different sweet flavors may mix with each other, however; same with different salty flavors.)
  • Freshly washed and blow-dried hair must not be stuck in a ponytail–it must be left loose.
  • All lights and appliances must be off in a room before leaving it, unless I am returning very soon.
  • Decks of cards must be shuffled exactly 3 times before playing.
  • The gas tank in my car must always be filled to top when refueling.
  • When arranging a music playlist, the same artist or same album must not occur back-to-back in the track list.

If you definitely have OCD (or are pretty sure you do), what are some of the weird and funny rules you live by? Tell me in the comments! 😀

Crazy, Funny, and Just Plain Weird: Experimental Music

Music is not just about melodies, rhythms, and harmonies, nor it is only about songs that sound “pretty.” Sometimes, you just have to push the boundaries of what most folks think of as “good music” to develop something wildly original.

That’s what experimental music is all about–using standard musical techniques in the pursuit of comedy, combining music and visuals together for a new experience, remixing songs or melodies together to create new melodies, and even arranging random “non-music” sounds into music. Take heart: if the music you make fits into this category, you’re in great company! Here are a few examples, gathered from around the Internet:


This whimsical remix of songs from the Disney film Mary Poppins is oddly catchy!

Experimental choral madness, indeed! How can random sounds be music? When they are arranged like this!

John Cage, arguably the 20th century master of experimental music, offers this musical experience, recombining, rearranging, and composing this piece out of many different types of harmonies from other songs.

HILARIOUSLY weird video (and really addictive little dance tune), featuring comedian Ken Shimura’s character “Baka Tono-Sama.” “Ai~n” translates loosely to “Did I Do That?!” (1990s Steve Urkel, anyone?)

2:15 of strange electronic music and even stranger bovine visuals.

SILLY He-Man music video…must be seen to be believed. (If this isn’t experimental music applied in a comedic audiovisual way, I don’t know what is!)

Haunting and ethereal–“weird” in the best way!

Non-Video Sound Clips

Pop Danthology (SoundCloud)
Cool mashup of all sorts of pop songs from 2012–revisioning music in a really cool way!

Mythic Morning: Choral Works II
Collection of Danish composer Per Norgard’s avant-garde, post-modern choral music.

Malaysian Composers: Leong Yoon Pin
As of this writing (October 2013), this online radio showcases Leong Yoon Pin’s experimental instrumental music.

More Weird Music Resources

John Cage on Experimental Music
Experimental Music: Wikipedia Article
FreeMusicArchive: Experimental Music
Weird Music History (because today’s music is yesterday’s experimental sounds!)

5 Wonderfully Weird Musical Instruments

As many traditional instruments that exist in worldwide music, from violins to gamelan gongs, from timpani drums to shakuhachi flutes, there is an even wider world of musical instruments out there–the gorgeous and strange, the “wonderfully weird” combinations of music and sculpture into fantastic (and playable) pieces of art.

OddMusic.com chronicles many strange and beautiful instruments from around the world. Here is just a small sample of these inspired creations:



If you’re a fan of classic 1950s sci-fi films, you’ll recognize the theremin’s spooky, slightly warbly sound. Played with two hands that never actually touch the instrument itself, the theremin uses electrostatic fields around its double antennas to create that unsettling tone. Move your hands within the two fields to control the pitch and volume of the sound, and soon you’ll be expertly weirding your friends out. (Note: the theremin was and still is actually still being built and played today in music outside of film soundtracks. There are actually “thereminists” that play professionally, because the instrument can be used to play actual melodies as well as provide a few spine-tingling notes.)

More about the Theremin at OddMusic.com



The Rumitone is a musical instrument you can get into–literally! Like a cross between church bells and a playground sculpture, the variously-sized hollow metal cylinders whirl slowly around the player as he or she strikes their sides with mallets, creating a soft wind-chime-like sound. The player can also blow across the tops of the cylinders or bow across them for different sound effects. Playing the Rumitone is as much a dance as it is a musical performance, melding audio and visual into one lovely, ethereal experience for the viewer/listener.

More about the Rumitone at OddMusic.com



Who ever thought of combining the traditional Irish bodhran drum with an Australian didjeridu (also spelled didgeridoo)? Barry Hall, the inventor of this hybrid instrument, did! You can play it as a drum with hands or a small stick, as the bodhran is played, or you can blow into the side of the circular hollow frame of the drum to produce the haunting low tones of the didjeridu. Or, if you want to get really fancy, you can do both at the same time, combining melody with rhythm in one handheld instrument!

More about the Didjbodhran at OddMusic.com



Whenever you need a 20-foot-long horn, look up the windform–the Australian sculptor Garry Greenwood created this musical sculpture completely out of leather, and it’s perfectly playable! (The flared end of the horn kind of reminds me of a phonograph… :D) It may not sound much different from a regular big horn, but it’ll be a new experience to play a horn that’s as long as a boat!

More about the Windform at OddMusic.com


Sea Organ

You won’t be able to pick this instrument up and take it with you, but you can sit on the shore in Zadar, Croatia, and listen as the ocean water itself plays this cunningly crafted set of stairs. Designed and built by Nikola Basic in 2005, the air holes in the top step of the sea organ take in air as the waves push it toward shore, and the hidden set of pipes underneath the stairs produce soft, breathy tones tuned to work together even while played randomly by nature. The random nature of the notes evokes an orchestra tuning up before a concert, and the notes perfectly accompany a peaceful day by the water.

More about the Sea Organ at OddMusic.com

More Weird Musical Instruments

Explore the rest of OddMusic.com’s Weird Musical Instruments Gallery and find your next favorite sound. Who knows, you might even want to seek out and play some of these instruments yourself!

The Jackhammer in My Brain: Is This Adult A.D.D.?

For years I’ve dealt with a strange brain issue which I thought all people had–the need to switch tasks frequently. Some days it is worse than others; some days I can stay focused on a task for an hour or two, and some days I ricochet around between five different tasks in as many minutes. But for certain, long periods of time focused on one solitary task is nearly impossible for me these days.

I’ve noticed, while suffering this, that there’s an almost physical sensation along with this need for frequent task-switching. I can best describe it as “the jackhammer in my brain.”

Wait, WHAT?

This description is about as accurate as I can get. When I’m having one of my “bad focus” days, I will begin work on a task, and about five minutes later, I start feeling a slight vibration (not quite physical, but just about) on the nape of my neck. It starts off soft, like a gently purring kitty, almost but not quite breaking my concentration. If I’m determined enough, I can ignore it.

But then, after about 10 minutes, the brain “vibration” becomes stronger. Now no longer a purring kitty, the vibration is more like a cell phone on Vibrate. And after a few more minutes, it’s like a blender on “Puree.” And after that, if I’m still on the same task? The “jackhammer” begins–an entirely concentration-breaking vibration, along with the obsessive thought that “if I don’t stop what I’m doing RIGHT NOW, I am going to go CRAZY.” In desperation, I switch tasks…and the jackhammer stops, blessedly, for about 15-20 minutes.

Again, this isn’t an actual physical sensation, but it is as annoying as a physical sensation or a sensory experience. When I’m desperately trying to complete tasks, this keeps me from being able to deeply focus on anything, and I end up feeling horribly restless, bored, and frustrated.

Is This Normal? Well, It’s Normal for Me

For a long time, I thought this was how everyone operated, especially when I was younger. After all, I could lose myself in a good book pretty easily as a kid, but I found that tasks which required a lot of mental effort/concentration were difficult to stick to (such as piano practice). Only when the task became fun or easier could I accomplish it in one fell swoop–for example, I rarely managed to practice piano until I began composing my own music in sixth grade. This manifested in various ways throughout my childhood; I would have two or three toys out to play with at once and switch between them, and would always take a book to the table when I ate by myself because I needed something else to focus on besides food.

Through elementary and middle school, this didn’t bug me so much during school hours, but during high school and college, I increasingly had to fight to control this jackhammer effect to stay on task. Eventually, I came up with the “rotating task list,” which provided me with up to 10 options of tasks to switch to, should I become mentally jackhammered while trying to complete one. That is a strategy I still employ; as I compose my blogs for the week, I often have all 6 blog files open at once, so that I can switch between subjects if my brain gets too “buzzy” to concentrate on one particular subject.

But most recently, I’ve found that paying extended attention to even enjoyable things is difficult. While watching movies or TV shows at home, my smartphone is never far away, promising me something constructive to do with my hands; during Sunday morning worship, the backs of my church bulletins get filled with doodles, or I’m on my smartphone again. Even when I WANT to pay attention, the “jackhammer in my brain” takes over within minutes, demanding that I switch tasks. Sometimes the need to switch almost makes me physically nauseous.

Physical Causes Don’t Seem to Explain It

I’ve tried finding the causes for such strange behavior on my own, but most of my investigations seem to lead to dead ends. For a while, I thought I was just tired, because I’ve increasingly found sleeping to be just as difficult as paying attention for long periods of time. My brain just never wants to settle–I have to thoroughly exhaust my body before my brain will finally wave the white flag and allow me to sleep. And, once asleep, I often wake up every hour on the hour, because I feel simply bored of sleeping. (How is that even POSSIBLE? I’ve heard of insomnia, but this is ridiculous…)

But even with a full night of rest (which usually requires medication to achieve), there are still some days that the jackhammer in my brain refuses to let me watch favorite TV shows, complete Sunday school lessons, or write my novel for more than 5 minutes at a time. I don’t have any physical tremors that I know of, though I do have severe neck and shoulder tension which has required chiropractic care to resolve. Additionally, I suffer all sorts of headaches, and so I’ve wondered whether a silent migraine may be to blame. But a silent migraine lasting weeks at a time?

Having been a very physically active child, and now having to be a more sedentary adult because of my lower body injuries, might have something to do with it; perhaps I’ve still got all that energy pent-up somehow. But if I have all that energy, shouldn’t I be able to direct it to completing tasks instead of frittering it all away in the aimless junk I do trying to get my brain to stop buzzing?

Mental Cause: Anxiety or Adult A.D.D.?

Failing to find a physical cause thus far, I’ve begun to wonder about both anxiety and adult A.D.D. I am a worrier, but even when I’m not really worried about anything, my attention can often wander. It seems as though my brain constantly changes the channel on me, searching for mental stimulation and incessantly pestering me when I refuse to give it the most stimulating fare possible. I constantly have to have something to do with my hands when sitting somewhere; I must be actively taking information in, otherwise, I get the horrible jackhammer sensation again. (Sitting still is also very difficult for me; as well as having a jackhammered brain more often than not, I also fidget like crazy and trot my leg, even while I’m in an enjoyable situation. It’s REALLY weird.)

Anyone Else Had This Happen to Them?

The “constant-channel-changing” brain phenomenon has often been associated with A.D.H.D. or adult-onset A.D.D., at least in casual conversations I’ve had. I don’t have any scientific basis for it, though, so I’m left to wonder what it is that makes my brain reasonably cooperative on some days and rebounding around in my skull on other days. I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of brain weirdness and can recognize these symptoms. Am I just strange? LOL!

My Fading Love Affair with Processed Food

As an adult picky eater (and I do mean picky), the simple process of eating has been ridiculously hard most of my life. Thus, when I find the rare food item that I really enjoy (i.e., food that tastes great, has a good texture, and doesn’t make my tummy roar at me later), I tend to stick with it.

But over the last few months, I have observed with distress as my taste buds have slowly turned away from once-favorite foods. The common denominator between all these foods? All of them are processed within an inch of their lives.

The First Sign: Fast Food is No Longer My Friend

At first, I thought I was just reacting to a lower quality of food in my local fast food restaurants. First, the beef at Taco Bell started tasting “off,” as if it had been kept too long in the fridge. Then, the meat on McDonald’s burgers started tasting and feeling like crumbling shoe leather in my mouth. Other food quality issues arose afterwards, and soon I was even pickier than usual at all the local fast-food places.

I thought it was strange, but I tried to work around the “new” rules of my picky taste buds. No more McDonald’s meat, no more ground beef tacos, etc…

But Fast Food is Not the Only Issue

…Unfortunately, the pickiness did not stop there. I began eating less of the American sliced cheese I had loved since childhood, simply because it didn’t really taste like cheese anymore. There was an odd, plastic-y overtone to the taste, which I had never detected before–and it was utterly disgusting. Even switching cheese brands didn’t seem to help. I still liked cheese, most definitely, but the sliced cheese product didn’t suit anymore.

Not to mention that many of my favorite boxed meals from the grocery store started tasting funny. For instance, I used to live on Velveeta shells-n-cheese, yet I began getting sick at the taste–both the cheese and the pasta sometimes tasted like plastic to me. It didn’t seem like just being tired of eating a certain dish, since I try to switch up my food choices as much as possible. It just seemed that certain foods, which all happened to be processed, didn’t taste right anymore.

The Result: One Hungry Tummy

It seemed like all my favorite foods, all my go-to foods when going out to eat, were vanishing off my “favorite” list, one by one. And it was not the biggest list in the world to start out with, because of my lifelong issues with food texture (and a strong gag reflex that gets set off at the slightest thing). When 70% of “adult food” is off-limits because of pickiness, and 95% of what you DO like has suddenly become anathema, what DO you eat?

That was the burning question, and it still is. In desperation, I’ve gone back to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, basic breads and pastas, or anything that doesn’t have the awful processed taste in such abundance. Yet I still walk around hungry most of the time, as if what I’m eating isn’t providing me with any nourishment.

Most people who look at me would think I eat all the time, to be the size that I am (flirting with 300 pounds at the moment). But instead, I eat significantly LESS than all my skinny, less picky friends, and I simply stay hungry–so much so that I have had low blood sugar attacks due to the reduced food intake. I WANT to eat, but almost nothing appeals to me anymore. And I have begun to suspect that the “plastic” taste and texture which has become so revolting to me is actually the result of processing food for longer shelf life.

Where to Go from Here?

Since my taste buds have apparently shifted allegiances for good, I honestly don’t know what to do with them anymore. Most of my favorite foods date back to childhood, and it’s frankly disconcerting to suddenly dislike foods that I remember loving and indulging in. Not to mention that these foods have sustained me while I avoided all sorts of other “normal” adult food.

Quite simply, I find myself at a loss every time I get hungry, because I have no idea what my taste buds will accept and what they won’t accept. And since I hate wasting money on food that I won’t end up eating, it makes it difficult to try new foods. It feels suspiciously like being caught between a rock and a hard place.

An Odd Side Note: Lettuce is a New Food Friend?

Yet, in the midst of all this loss, I have noticed something strange–I find myself thinking longingly of dishes like dark green Romaine lettuce with ranch dressing. For anyone who knows me, this is WAYYYYYY out of character; I historically have avoided most lettuce because it just tastes like crunchy paper soaked in water. Yet recently, the darker green lettuce types have become more appealing to me, as have spinach (when blended with cheese) and scallions. I also have no idea why this is happening, either, only that it began around the same time processed food began tasting strange to me.

Is This My Body’s Way of Saying “Eat Healthy?”

I honestly don’t know what to make of all this change in my appetite. Has anyone else experienced a sudden negative reaction to processed foods after eating them most of their lives? Or has anyone experienced a sudden positive reaction to lettuce and other “healthy” foods? I’d be glad to hear about it in the comments!

Soul Notes

Since I was a child, I’ve often “heard” musical pitches whenever I meet someone. It’s not a actual sound, but a tone resounding between my ears–a strange “mental hearing.”

This probably sounds pretty wacky to people who don’t experience this. I mean, how can somebody “hear” something that’s just in their heads? But for me, these pitches are not just random occurrences; they are clues to that person’s personality, and perhaps even their soul. I call them “soul notes.”

Detecting Soul Notes

My perfect pitch likely helps a lot in this, but it seems to be an automatic, possibly instinctive process to pick up on someone else’s soul note.

For instance, when I met my boyfriend for the first time, I heard, clearly and distinctly within my head, a high B, as if played controlled and soft on a stringed and bowed instrument. This matches his quiet mien, his way of carrying himself, but it also matches how he approaches life–with utmost self-control and logic. The key of B is gentle and subtle, but definitively “there.”

By contrast, when I hang out with one of our mutual friends, a very boisterous (and funny) person, the brassy trumpet-like sound of an F is in my ears, at a barely-conscious level, the whole time. F is a key of celebration to me, a key of joy–but also a key of solidity and strength. While our friend may be a little loud and wild at times, he is also a steadfast buddy and a family man at heart.

As for my own soul note? Well, it’s been quite a bit harder to hear than others’, but I believe my soul note to be C-sharp (aka D-flat). It is a very deep, “original”-sounding tone, almost foundational, and it can both fade into the background as well as sound itself loud.

Soul Notes as Predictors of How I Get Along With Others

It’s funny how the harmony or dissonance of these perceived notes seems to predict how another person and I will get along together. My boyfriend’s soul note and mine are a major-second interval apart (B and C-sharp)–they could strike against each other in disharmony, and yet when played together, they form a shimmering duet of each not overpowering the other.

Our boisterous mutual friend, on the other hand, reacts with my boyfriend differently than me. B and F pull against each other a bit more, creating the framework of a B-diminished chord; C-sharp and F are a major-third interval apart, more harmonic. It’s weird; I sometimes understand our mutual buddy better, understanding possibly why he gets mad or frustrated, while my boyfriend can be puzzled by his reactions to situations.

Usually, other people’s soul notes interact with mine on first meeting, and then get stronger as I continue to be around them. A person I met a few months ago had an indisputable A-flat (G-sharp) soul note, which sounded harmoniously but hollowly with my C-sharp. Being a fifth apart, it had the potential to either be a major chord or a minor chord, to either have a happy sound or a sad sound. This interaction mirrored how we got along–we were usually in accord, but there always was a little tension, as if we were both waiting for the other person to disagree.

How I Use These Notes

Initially, I use these notes as another clue to the person, doing my best to harmonize with them not only verbally, but subconsciously. As I get to know people, however, I’ve also been able to write and perform piano music that “represents” people in my life, writing how I “hear” their note (and eventually a melody) in my mind. (Most famously, I wrote a representative song for my boyfriend, about a month and a half before he became my boyfriend… 😉 )

I write and play these songs because they are great ways to honor friends and family. It’s not always a love song, but simply a “This is what you sound like to me” song.


Most people are either amused or weirded out when I tell them of this ability, because it is so unusual–I’ve never heard of anybody being able to do this, or of others even being aware of musical tones in their heads. It’s not like I’m hearing voices or anything, but it is a very cool phenomenon. I like to think of it as just one of the ways God is making my life unique and fun. 🙂