The txalaparta is a specialized Basque musical device or instrument made of wood or stone. The name txalaparta has been attested as meaning the trot of the horse, relating to the sound of the instrument. During the last 150 years, txalaparta was used as a communication device for a funeral ceremony or in food production such as the making of cider. The txalaparta's musical use evolved out of its original use. Innovators started to labour and assemble the boards to achieve some melody. Today the txalaparta is used in music from the Basque country and is classified as a percussion instrument. In its traditional construction, known as thetxalaparta zaharra, the txalaparta is made of a pair of long wooden boards held up right and horizontal on two ends and then struck vertically with thick wooden sticks. Music is made by having one or more performers, known as txalapartariak 'txalaparta players' orjotzaileak 'beaters', each performer produces different rhythms, playing with wooden knots and spots of the boards for different tones and sounds. Below are three great audio samples recorded by Amaia and Mikel in the Basque Country, Enjoy!