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Wind Chimes: Design and Construction

Bart Hopkin

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ISBN 10: 0972731326 / ISBN 13: 9780972731324
Published by Experimental Musical Instruments, 2005
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Title: Wind Chimes: Design and Construction

Publisher: Experimental Musical Instruments

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Brand New

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This book, with its included audio CD, provides complete how-to information on the making of this loveliest of musical instruments, wind chimes. Included are chimes of metal, bamboo, ceramic and shell, in a variety of forms including tubes, rods, bars, bells and gongs. Familiar wind chime designs as well as exotic and innovative ones appear. All of the essentials for getting good sounds from different sounding forms are here, as well as ideas on suspension, the basics of tuning,and suggestions for materials and resources. The accompanying CD, with dozens of different types of wind chimes represented, allows you to hear and compare the various types, and it’s a pleasure to listen to in itself. The chapters include: 1) Introduction. 2) The Example Chime: a detailed description of the construction procedure for a typical and representative (and beautiful-sounding) wind chime. 3) Useful Information: a mini-encyclopedia of practical information on chime design construction. 4) Chime Tunings: how to tune, and a wealth of ideas for tunings. 5) Descriptions: photos and construction information for a diverse array of wind-chimes of all types.

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Bart Hopkin is a maker of musical instruments and a student of musical instruments of all sorts. Since 1985 he has been the director of Experimental Musical Instruments, an organization devoted to unusual musical instruments and innovative instrument making. He edited the Experimental Musical Instruments quarterly journal from 1985 to 1999. Since 1994, he has written several books on instruments and their construction, including the central resource, Musical Instrument Design, published by See Sharp Press. He has also produced CDs featuring the work of innovative instrument makers worldwide, including the highly successful Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones from Ellipsis Arts publishers. In his work as an instrument maker, Bart has explored a great many different types of instruments, both familiar and unconventional -- experience which gave him an invaluable breadth and depth of understanding to draw from as he designed and built dozens of wind chimes in preparation for this book.

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