You'll be pleasantly surprised by the rich tones and symphonic quality of these chimes due to the meticulous craftsmanship and the precision A440 (standard orchestral pitch) tuning, which creates a truly moving sound that reaches the depths of your very soul.
Music of the Spheres Wind Chimes are designed to accompany each other. Hang multiple chimes in the same musical tuning, but in different sizes (voices) to create an ensemble or "singing in parts". You'll have a symphony in your own backyard!
There are two types of tuning, Familiar and Exotic, and there are 5 sizes (voices); Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Tenor & Bass.
These are optimal combinations:
Pentatonic - Hawaiian Mongolian - Aquarian Chinese - Japanese - Balinese
The Familiar tuning consists of the following:
Pentatonic: One of the most popular tunings, the major Pentatonic scale is the most widely used melodic scale in the world, dating from ancient Greece. Its pattern is familiar as the black notes of the piano keyboard. The chime contains all the notes to "Amazing Grace" as well as "The Eyes of Texas".
Quartal: A musical palindrome, the Quartal scale is based on intervals of fourths and fifths. Its smooth and serene sound captivated American composers, notably Aaron Copland and Paul Hindemith, in the early twentieth century.
Chinese: The Chinese, an inversion of the Pentatonic, is the lightest and sweetest of our scales, sure to evoke a sense of happiness. Its sweetness best complements the more serious Japanese and Balinese.
Mongolian: The Mongolian scale, a livelier version of the Chinese, is reminiscent of church and temple bells. The major pentatonic scale in root position in the key of A, it harmonizes nicely with the Aquarian. Genghis Khan conquered an empire unmatched in size, yet never heard chimes as lovely as these.
Aquarian: An original Larry Roark composition, The Aquarian mirrors the tranquil charm of an Alpine lake or stream. Its refreshing tones mix beautifully in different sizes and also blend with the Mongolian.
The Exotic Tunings are as follows:
Gypsy: The ancient Gypsy scale is still used widely from northern Africa to the Baltic region. Its exotic mix of piquant strains and haunting melodies blends well with the Japanese.
Hawaiian: The Hawaiian scale is Polynesian in flavor, reminiscent of a tangy sweet & sour sauce and tropical island breezes. It combines the best of major and minor pentatonic scales.
Balinese: The Balinese scale recreates the magical strains of the Indonesian gamelon, at once joyous and plaintive.
Japanese: The distinctive tones of the Japanese scale are at once deeply soothing and provocative. Its drama complements the more light-hearted Chinese and Balinese.
Whole Tone: Claude Debussy, inspired by Balinese music at the 1896 Paris Exposition, began composing with this atonal scale, used for example in his piece "La Mer". Later, television's original Star Trek used it in the "beaming up" sequences. TV and film scores frequently feature it for underwater scenes, dream and "flashback" sequences.
Handcrafted in the U.S.A, these wind chimes are made of a combination of weather resistant materials: aluminum, stainless steel, UV - stabilized synthetic braid and UV - stabilized polyethylene.
The Soprano, Mezzo, Alto and Westminster chimes have a 7 year warrentee. The Tenor, Bass and Basso Profundo have a 15 year warrentee.