Journey Planet 75: Fantastical Musical Instruments

Hugo-finalist Journey Planet returns with a new issue dedicated at fantastical, mythical, and really just super cool musical instruments.

Jean Martin joins Chris Garcia and James Bacon in bringing together looks at musical instruments and the music they produce in everything from Futurama to Dune to Dungeons & Dragons to Star Trek and much much more! There are also a few pieces that look at the roles real-life musical instruments play and how they can become mythical in and of themselves! 

This is an 85-page look into worlds both real and imagined! Available now here.

Table of Contents

Editorial by Chris Garcia
Musical Instruments in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Jean Martin
Exploring Instruments in Dungeons & Dragons: The Instruments of the Bards by Robert Pleasant
Gurney Halleck Sings for Us by Allison Hartman Adams
The Baliset by Chris Garcia
Vulcan Lute by Christopher Erickson
Star Trek: The Musical Generation by Sarah Gulde
The Sounds of Star Wars by James Bacon
Native American Flutes by Jade Falcon
Fan Art by Terry Jeeves
Exploring the Oud: A Musical Time Machine for Ancient and Futuristic Soundscapes by Michael Larsen
Captain Eo: The Crew IS the Music by Chris Garcia
Play holophonor for me by Ann Gry (
“Of Holophonors” by Peppard Saltine
Fico in Flash Gordon by James Bacon
Pure Will, True Will, and The Hydrogen Sonata or How Aleister Crowley met Iain M. Banks by Richard Smothers
Music in the Works of Alan Moore Or Alan, Eno, and Me by Pádraig Ó Méalóid
On kings and fiddlers and the harp unstrung by Ethan Hay, MA
Instruments from the Moon to Gaia (via North Queensferry, Scotland) with Two Plugs by Gary Lloyd
A Refrigerator for Music – The Samson Box by Chris Garcia
Under The 5000 Fingers by James Langdell      
Animusic by Chris Garcia
The Legend of Zelda – The Magical Instrument by David Ferguson
Enditorial by James Bacon

[Based on a press release.]

2 thoughts on “Journey Planet 75: Fantastical Musical Instruments

  1. Glad to see THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T getting a mention here. A favorite of mine growing up, watching on the family’s b&w TV when it ran in a commercial-studded (and probably chopped to some extent to fit a time slot) version, usually on weekend mornings when parents tended to sleep in. As a kid, it was get up early, grab a bowl of cereal, and sit in front of the TV to watch cartoons and old movies.

  2. I am reminded of the various musical instruments mentioned in Jack Vance’s “The Moon Moth”.

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