Garden Music

Musical universalis (literally universal music), also called Music of the spheres or Harmony of the Spheres, is an ancient philosophical concept that regards proportions in the movements of celestial bodies —the Sun, Moon, and planets —as a form of music

                                                                                 Music of the Spheres Scales

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.

Pentatonic: The 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".

Balinese: The Balinese scale recreates the magical strains of the Indonesian gamelon, at once joyous and plaintive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nashville®, a Music of the Spheres original composition, encompasses the complexities of the major seventh and ninth intervals of the pedal steel guitar. It evokes the serenity of a peaceful Highland Rim sunset.

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.

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.

Westminster: Pealing the familiar tones of London's "Big Ben", this chime emulates the rich harmonics of cathedral bells. To create an ensemble, add the Pentatonic or perhaps Hawaiian.

  

Construction

Tough synthetic cordage is highly resistant to abrasion, ultra-violet degradation, rot and mildew. Central tube suspension with smoothly polished tube ends prevent cord abrasion typical of other, less labor-intensive suspension techniques.

Heavy gauge polished stainless steel rings provide sturdy support and enduring beauty. Tempered aluminum alloy tubing is custom manufactured to our exacting specifications and will never rust. Our corrosion-protective finish preserves chime's appearance and increases durability in hostile environments (acid rain, salt air).

Tubes are tuned to A440, standard orchestral pitch, using the latest in technology.

Solid polyethylene clappers provide superior tonal quality and outdoor durability.

The windcatcher, of the same finish and material as the tubes, is the ideal size, weight, and shape for optimal chime performance in 8 - 10 mph wind velocity.

The windcatcher hook assembly provides simple but effective method of varying the chime's activity level.