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Gyrofrog Discovers the Zorzubai

The following describes the zorzubai, a musical instrument that appeared in a dream occurring on April 4, 2001.

The instrument is 4 or 5 feet long, employs 8 strings, and has a guitar-style fretboard. It is shaped like an elongated teardrop. At the head of the instrument is a standard clarinet mouthpiece, with a conical cover (which enables the instrument to be played without having to form an embochure). The mouthpiece activates rod-like metal resonators underneath the socket where the mouthpiece attaches to the body of the instrument.

By the way, the dream was set in a hippy-dippy co-op house like one in which I lived during college. Some pot-addled inhabitant had abandoned this instrument in one of the rooms.

Update: Another dream about musical instruments, occurring on April 23, 2002: I am examining an electronic guitar that uses no strings. The fretboard is one long electronic pad, which uses sensors to determine finger positions. The frets (actually, thin magnets) may be moved up and down the fretboard to allow for different intonation systems.