Months from now, fans will finally get a chance to see the best in the world play, prompting a very important question that may have crossed your mind: What the heck is it going to sound like?
While tables and "Group of Death" are bandied about ahead of the World Cup, a topic that is unbelievably trivial will undoubtedly polarize the entire globe.
The vuvuzelas did just that in the previous World Cup in South Africa, so we might as well get acquainted with Brazil's answer to the celebratory musical instrument: the caxirola.
As you will see, it's as raucous, noisy and attention-grabbing, but it's a bit more pleasing to the ears. We leave it up to you to decide if a bit is enough to enjoy the proceedings.
As Sky Sports reported back in April of 2013, the instrument was invented by Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown, who either by design or good fortune made the caxirola quieter than the other, more iconic football musical instrument.
We do have some idea of what we are talking about. Here are a couple of instances that will have you familiar with what the caxirola sounds like.
Now extrapolate that by the thousands.
If that makes you cringe, remember this:
Not exactly the dulcet and soothing sounds you might hear at a day spa, is it?
The hope was to introduce the instrument at the Confederations Cup. As CONMEBOL.com reported back in May, the Confederations Cup would be without the jingle-jangle sound of the instrument.
That same report issues that a great number of caxirolas were thrown on the pitch on April 28 in the Bahia championship between Bahía and Vitoria. A video of the incident can be seen below:
As we said, the rattle of the caxirola is quieter than the blasting horn of the vuvuzela. International Business Times' Roxanne Palmer reported back in November that the caxirola was tested and found to be a notch quieter than the previous bane of the sporting world.
They found that the caxirola is slightly louder if you shake it along its longer axis, but either way, the instrument isn’t much louder than normal conversation. Importantly, the caxirola’s rattle is also 45 decibels lower than the vuvuzela, which corresponds to a sound energy of about 1/30,000th that of the honking plastic horn.
We have no idea why there has to be an official instrument when shouts from one's own windpipe have served us all well over the years.
Knowing full well that something loud would coincide with the matches on the pitch, we are grateful it's at least quieter than we are used to.
The caxirola is Brazil's answer to the vuvuzela, an instrument meant to invigorate. The unfortunate by-product was, of course, annoyance.
Here's hoping we are right about Brazil's fancy rattle, and that it proves far less appalling to the ears.
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