List of fictional musical instruments

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A list of musical instruments referenced in fiction which do not exist in reality:


In the Dune universe, the baliset is a very long nine-stringed zither. In the 1984 film Dune, the baliset role[clarification needed] is filled by a cosmetically[clarification needed] altered Chapman stick.[1]


The Gaffophone is an instrument invented by Gaston Lagaffe in André Franquin's eponymous comics series. It looks like a giant harp with a large horn attached to it and is known for making atrocious noise that makes people and animals run away and buildings collapse. Franquin used it in numerous gags.[2]


In the Redwall series of fantasy books, the harolina is a type of stringed instrument played by the anthropomorphic hares of the series.[3]


In the animated series Futurama, the holophonor, played by Fry, is based on the Visi-Sonor[citation needed] and appears in episodes "Parasites Lost" and "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings"

Ressikan flute[edit]

In the Star Trek universe, the ressikan flute is a musical instrument played by Captain Picard. The instrument is an artifact discovered on a probe sent out by the former residents of Kataan.[4]


The Visi-Sonor appears in the Isaac Asimov book Foundation and Empire. The fictional musical instrument stimulates brain cells and causes imagined lights, sounds and emotions directly:

"His long fingers caressed softly and slowly, pressing lightly on contacts with a rippling motion, resting themselves momentarily on one key then another – and in the air before them there was a soft glowing rosiness, just inside the range of vision."

With the Mule's great power, the Visi-Sonor became a killing device later in the book.[5]


  1. ^ "Jazz Times". 2005.
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  3. ^ The Bellmaker. By Brian Jacques, Allan Curless. Philomel Books, 1995. ISBN 0-399-22805-5, 978-0-399-22805-6. Pg 266.
  4. ^ The Star trek encyclopedia: a reference guide to the future. By Michael Okuda, Doug Drexler, Debbie Mirek. Edition: 3, illustrated. Pocket Books, 1999. ISBN 0-671-53609-5, 978-0-671-53609-1. Pg 408.
  5. ^ Isaac Asimov: The Foundations Of Science Fiction. James Gunn. Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 ISBN 0-8108-5420-1, 978-0-8108-5420-8. Pg 27.[1]