What is sound?
- The wind moves the wind catcher. The wind catcher moves the pendulum. The clapper strikes the tubes. The resulting vibration of the tubes disturbs the air around it, sending out pulses in a spherical pattern. Those pulses reach our ears and in turn vibrate our ear drums. The nerves attached to those ear drums send signals to our brain which then interpret them as sound.
What is music?
- When 2 or more sounds have a simple mathematical relationship, they sound pleasing to our ears. The relationship involves simple ratio numbers like 2/1, 3/2, 4/3, 5/4, 5/3, 6/5, etc. This means, for example, that a sound that has twice the frequency in vibration, measured in cycles per second, of another sound, has a pleasing relationship to it. Those two sounds are consonant, and resonate sympathetically with each other; they reinforce each other. The musical interval between these 2 particular notes is called an octave. 3/2 is called the fifth, the second most pleasing musical interval. For every 2 cycles of the first, or lower note, the second note vibrates 3 cycles. 4/3, which is the inversion of the fifth, is called the fourth. Simple pentatonic scales can be built from these 3 musical intervals. The method of tuning with simple ratio numbers is called Just Intonation.
Our Musical Specifications:
- Tuning Standard: Just Intonation for purest harmonic musical intervals.
- Concert Pitch: A448 for compatibility with the Fundamental Resonant Frequencies of Earth and Moon. Standard reference pitch for the last century has been A440 which has no real physical reference to anything. We think the reference should be the pulse or resonant frequency of the Earth. It just so happens that the Moon's own resonant frequency is compatible with the Earth's. The relationship is 32/9, an octave above the flat seventh (16/9). We chose the resonant frequency of the Moon as our basis, simply because the numbers are easier to work with. The Moon's resonant frequency is 28Hz. A448 is exactly 4 octaves above that. The average measured Schumann Resonance of the Earth is about 7.83Hz, just slightly different from the Just Interval of 32/9, or 7.875Hz. A difference of about 10 cents, barely perceptible by human ears in the normal range of hearing. Human hearing exists in the range of 20Hz to 20000Hz. The lower range is really more felt than heard, like the rumbling of the ground in an earthquake or from thunder. Most people don't really hear much above 12000Hz.
- Super Octave Voicing: Eight 1" diameter tubes featured in our compositions provide a fuller lush symphonic experience across 2 octaves of musical expression, twice the range of other brand musical wind chimes that implement only 4 to 6 notes. Divide the price of the wind chime by the number of 1 inch diameter tubes for a more accurate comparison in cost.