The Sci-Fi Sounds of the Yaybahar

Tuesday September 18, 2018 Written by Ronan

Yaybahar. Said out loud it sounds a bit like an excited sheep. Played out loud, it sounds like an Islamic cohort on an interstellar journey. Possibly on a ship made of lasers. It’s kind of hard to describe.

Invented by Turkish designer Görkem Şen, the yaybahar is the electricity-free answer to the theremin. It resonates a psychedelic sonic array that conjures both the future and a deep mystical past… but also that sound you get when you whack a wire fence with a stick.

It looks strange too. Undeniably large, its appearance is a cross between a TV aerial, an abstract expressionist sculpture and an enlarged dental implement; you’re unlikely to see this impractical wonder turning up in Australian lounge rooms. In fact, the closest you’re likely to get is this video. Have a listen. Headphones essential.