You know that sharp metallic sound that’s in so many horror movies? It’s featured in the soundtracks for Aliens, Let the Right One In, Poltergeist and thousands more. These sounds are actually all produced by one instrument – the Waterphone. It’s a bizarre percussive instrument invented by American artist Richard Waters. Essentially, it’s a stainless steel bowl filled with water that has a series of brass rods attached to the rim of varying length. When struck, those rods resonate strange and ethereal sounds.
Fun fact – as well as being used in scary movies, the waterphone has also been used for communicating with whales!
Check out the video below to see how this awesome instrument creates it’s trademark creepy sounds.