Wind chimes are a percussion instrument constructed from suspended tubes, rods, bells or other objects made of wood or material such as metal or glass.
Hanging wind chimes around your garden or home not only gives it accent but also it gives unique sounds around your living space.
I love to hear the sounds that my wind chimes make. I have about 15 different wind chimes.
In ancient Rome wind chimes were usually made of bronze and were call tintinnabulum. They were hung in gardens, courtyards, and portions the wind movement caused them to tinkle because of the bells. It was believed that they would ward off malevolent spirits and were often combined with a phallus, which was also a symbol of good fortune and charm against the evil eye.
During the second century CE in India and later in China extremely large pagodas became popular with small wind bells hung at each corner, the clapper would swing during a slight breeze. These bells were intended to frighten away birds as well as evil spirits. Pagodas weren’t the only place where these wind bells were found they were also placed in the corners of temples, palaces and on the roofs of homes.
Japanese wind bells were made of glass they have been produced since the Edo period (1603 to 1868 Japan History). At Myusarca Station are the 100 soundscapes of Japan. Wind chimes are used in feng shui (English translation is wind water) using energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.
Around 1100 BC wind chimes started to become modernized once casting bells were begun by the Chinese. Yang zhong (a bell without a clapper) was primarily used in religious ceremonies. The Chinese then created the feng ling which is similar to the modern day wind bell. Now wind chimes are used in the East to maximize the flow of chi or life’s energy.
Wind chimes may be used to observe changes in wind direction depending on where you hang them.
Modern Day Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are used in some modern day music as well as video games. This is heard in the “Vanilla Dome” in Super Mario World as well as the Japanese video game Pokemon Chimecho game cry sounds like three high pitched bells chiming one after another.
The largest wind chime in the world is located in Casey, Illinois. It measures 42 ft long and consists of five metal tubes which are suspended 49 ft. from the ground. This wind chime weighs a total of 16,932.4 pounds and was created by Jim Bolin. I bet that keeps people up at night.
The world’s largest tuned musical wind chime is located South of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It was erected by wind chime artist Ranga Farbiarz in the parking area of Celestial Windz Harmonic Bizaar, on November 4,2004 This was erected on a 100 foot oak tree and dedicated to Ignatz Farbiarz Ranga’s father who was a Holocaust survivor.
Wind chimes can be made of different materials other than wood or metal. You can use other shapes other than tubes or rods as well.
My Wind Chimes
My wind chimes are of various sizes and materials. I have some that are metal both silver and bronze, glass, bamboo, ceramic, and metal rings.
No matter what kind of material you use you can be creative and make your own. Some that I have seen have been made out of bottles, keys, spoons compact disks, forks, beads and even flower pots. It all depends on your matter of choice and the materials you have on hand.
Wind chimes can be very soothing to listen to and can accent any space that you put them in. You can make a project on a rainy day creating your very own wind chime. Include your kids or grandkids they would love that and you are creating memories to last a lifetime. Not to mention it can be quite entertaining to see what kind of ideas you can come up with. They also make great gifts. Until the wind chimes again.
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