Thursday, September 27, 2007

Aeolian harp

An aeolian harp (or æolian harp or wind harp) is a musical instrument that is "played" by the wind. It is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind.

The traditional aeolian harp is essentially a wooden box including a sounding board, with strings stretched lengthwise across two bridges. It is placed in a slightly opened window where the wind can blow across the strings to produce sounds. The strings can be made of different materials (or thicknesses) and all be tuned to the same note, or identical strings can be tuned to different notes.

Here is an example (wav-file) of the wind playing from the www.harpmaker.net, which builds these instruments.

And here is a clip, by Sarah Deere "Jones Celtic and Aeolian Harp"

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish I can have one so that I will know what it is made of and might make my own one to add it to my musical instruments collections.

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Awesome instrument, great to listen too.

Learn and Master Guitar said...

Its nice to see this kind of harp because its a rare opportunity to actually see this kind of thing.

Luis Francisco Valle V. said...

Wow!! That harp would definitely enrich many stringed instrument collections. The sound also is amazing. I'm glad I found this post.

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Mark said...

There's a stupid band named viagra online that I found on the internet, they play self-created instruments, most of them, stupid as their band's name, but there's a song called "Air" where they use this instrument. Great post dude.

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Album fotografico matrimonio said...

Heartly congratulation. Awesome. The sound also is amazing. I'm glad I found this post.they play self-created instruments, most of them, stupid as their band's name, but there's a song called "Air" where they use this instrument. Great post dude. Thanks for sharing this post so much.
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sophia smith said...

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Micheal Kellog said...

This traditional harp is very different from the new one and it has amazing sound. This soothing musical instrument is astounding.