The idea of music being a universal language has stood the test of war and time, this is no different in the world of Star Trek. Combing war and music seems ludicrous to some but necessary in times of needed surprise. The Klingons, for example, developed the Klingon Concertina. The element of surprise in this so called musical instrument is that it is also a weapon. Klingons live and breathe war and are a great example to follow when it comes to stealth and warfare. Having the upper hand, the element of surprise, can be all that is needed to turn the tides of war. A wind instrument perhaps, like an ocarina or recorder, possess the correct anatomy for such a feat. Like the poison darts of the past, the wind instrument would offer the same surprise and deadly affects. Producing a vessel that provides both comfort by means of music and stealth in times of combat, a solider would be both mentally prepared and armed for battle.
Music has been said to have distinguishable and meaningful enhancements on an individual’s memory, language and other cognitive abilities. Naturally increasing memory would allow a solider to become battle ready in remembering what comes next. Not freezing in times of crises could mean the difference in life or death.
The songs of combat have often been heard through various instruments; among these the drums of war. The drums have been a recognizable and distinguishable sound of war communicating to friendly and foe the intentions of marching troops. Through Star Trek, technology has advanced but with all items has a tendency to fail, even at the worst times. Having a way to call long distance to other soldiers without added technology is a bonus. A commander to his troops using a certain song to pinpoint position or instructing to move upon a threat.
Mobility of this instrument would be easy for soldiers; the hand-held device could be easily stored in a pouch along the waist. The instrument would have a built-in phaser not immediately noticeable to the viewer. From playing a melody one minute to stun or kill the next, the instrument is an all in one universal language.