The Uberorgan is pretty much what it sounds like: a huge organ that looks like … well … a bunch of huge organs.
It’s the creation of artist Tim Hawkinson. It isn’t an instrument so much as it’s sort of a performance installation; it “plays” “music”:
“Several bus-size biomorphic balloons, each with its horn tuned to a different in the octave, make up a walk-in self-playing organ. A 200 foot-long scroll of dots and dashes encodes a musical score of old hymns, pop classics, and improvisational ditties. This score is deciphered by the organ’s brain – a bank of light sensitive switches – and then reinterpreted by a series of switches and relays that translate the original patterns into non-repeating variations of the score.”
In other words, it makes sounds. Click through to that link up there at the top of the post and feast your ears on two samples of the Uberorgan’s music. It sounds like whale songs, actually. I wonder if I can get a CD of it?
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character comes across a gigantic version of an ordinary musical instrument.