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WHAT_MANNER_2000 (591 words)
An idiophone is a class of musical percussion instrument made from a naturally sonorous material.
Idiophones are classified according to the ways in which they produce sound.
A membranophone is a class of musical percussion instrument from which sound is produced by the vibration of a membrane called a head, stretched across a resonator.
Theremin Vox - Idiophone (171 words)
An idiophone is any musical instrument which creates sound primarily by way of the instrument itself vibrating, without the use of strings or membranes.
Hornbostel-Sachs divides idiophones into four main sub-categories, with the first division, struck idiophones, containing most of the non-drum percussion instruments familiar in the west.
They include all idiophones which are made to vibrate by being hit, either directly with a stick or hand (like the triangle or marimba), or indirectly, by way of a scraping or shaking motion (like maracas).
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