Interactive Map

  • Zoom in/out with mouse wheel or zoom controls
  • Drag in map window to explore different regions
  • Click on an instrument to read about it and hear a sample
  • Click on the left and right arrows to hear other instruments from the same region
  • Choose instrument type to filter your search (eg membranophone, chordophone etc.)
  • Click on   to see a list of instruments that can be clicked on to locate them on the map

Instrument types

A membranophone is a type of musical instrument which produces a sound by vibrating a stretched membrane. A membrane is a very thin piece of material which covers the opening of an object. Most membranophones are drums.

There are four main types of membranophone:

  • struck membranophones - when the skin of the drum is able to be hit with an object or hand
  • plucked membranophones - when there is a skin attached to the membrane, and when this
  • string is plucked the membrane vibrates and creates sound.
  • friction membranophones - where there is a rubbing motion performed which causes the membrane to vibrate.
  • singing membranophones - a sound is created through the modification of another sound (eg: the human voice). A skin will then vibrate in conjunction with this secondary sound.


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