At Davis Blanchard Wind Chimes
we take exception in producing some of the most durable musical wind chimes in the world today. Specializing in compositional originality, our wind chimes voice a lush musical expression incomparable with any others. We achieve this with super-octave composition in Concert Pitch A448 by arranging 8 notes over a 2-octave range tuned by Just Intonation for pure harmonic tones resonating sympathetically with the Schumann Resonance of the Earth and Moon. Furthermore, we take advantage of natural physics in our design and materials to extract the most musical vibration practically possible. See Wind Chime Design
for more information. Backing our work is our Free Lifetime Repair
policy. We encourage you to listen to our sound samples on this website, and to enjoy our wind chimes for an enduring and endearing time in your own private setting.
built his first Pipe Song Wind Chime in 1980, after being inspired by a gift from a friend to make his own wind chimes for soothing his newborn son, and to accent his country garden and cabin home in the Bastrop TX Lost Pines woods. Experienced as a musician, composer, and audio engineer, he has researched extensively the fields of music theory, physics of music, and history of music origins. Davis plays guitar, keys, didgeridoo, percussion, and continues to improve his singing voice. For examples of his musical work and engineering, see his page at Sound Cloud
. Davis manages and programs the website. It is safe, mobile friendly, uses no tracking cookies, and the Checkout page is hosted on a secure server.
, third son of Davis, controls the business as a subsidiary of his proprietary Earthtones Windchimes. It is located in an environmentally friendly shop, powered by wind mills in West Texas. He manages all the production and order fulfillment. Accomplished on the guitar, Franz has a good understanding of music theory. His specialty is custom tuned wind chimes
recently interviewed us for a spot on their show, featuring Franz and Jill Wagner producing a custom tuned wind chime. It aired on February 17, 2017.
About The Music:
We have tried numerous times to talk about the music theory behind our wind chimes, but the dialog always got too complex. The simple story talks about the vibration of the metal tubes causing pulses in the air to reach our eardrums and then interpreted by the brain as sound. Music happens when 2 or more sounds have a pleasing relationship with each other, described my mathematics as simple number ratios, like 2/1 (octave), 3/2 (perfect musical fifth), 4/3 (perfect musical fourth), etc. This is the theory behind the tuning system we use, called Just Intonation, featuring pure harmonic musical intervals. But dissonance with this system occurs when a musician wants to change key, because of the unequal musical intervals between the harmonic tones. A compromise was reached in the music world to use what our current musical paradigm calls 12 Tone Equal Temperament, in which all musical intervals are equal, thus sacrificing purity in harmony between the various tones of the scale. Earliest scales in the world usually comprised 5 tones, called a Pentatonic Scale. These were usually constructed from a series of musical fifths (the second most pleasing musical interval, the first being the octave). So starting from the note C, the series would be C G D A E, and then reduced within the scale of an octave for the major mode of C D E G A. There are 5 modes of this scale, each starting with one of the five notes. The relative minor would be A C D E G. The quartal or suspended mode would be D E G A C. A good portion of our wind chimes are based on these 3 modes of the pentatonic scale. The pentatonic scale is considered the most pleasing to listen to, as it does not include the dissonant half-tone. But we do offer many selections with half-tones for a more interesting contrast. We use Concert Pitch A448 instead of the common A440, to harmonize more with the Schumann Resonace, or fundamental resonant frequency, of the Earth and Moon. One other main feature that sets our wind chimes apart from other brands is the number of tubes, or musical notes, that we use. Most musical wind chimes available feature only 4-6 notes within a single octave scale. We use 8 notes over a 2 octave range, resulting in a more lush or full melodic expression. This also factors into the comparison of costs, by dividing the total cost of the wind chime by the number of notes it features, for a unit cost per note or tube.