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Woodstock Chimes of Olympos

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  • Tuned to a beautiful ancient Greek scale from the 7th centuryBC, the original Woodstock Chime!
  • Length: 36" Overall chime length is measured from top of string to bottom of windcatcher
  • Woodstock Chimes - The World's Favourite Windchime
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Colour: Silver
Technical Details
Product Dimensions17.1 x 17.1 x 91.4 cm ; 1 Kg
Part numberOWS
Item display height3 inches
Item display length22 inches
Item display width8 inches
Item display weight1.8 Kilograms
  
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ASINB00004X030
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
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Item model numberOWS
Date First Available12 Feb. 2011
Best Sellers Rank 9,446 in Garden & Outdoors (See top 100)
  
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Colour:Silver

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The original Woodstock Chime!

This mysterious and soothing wind chime plays the ancient Greek pentatonic scale devised by Olympos, Phrygian flutist and lyre player of the seventh century B.C. Olympos is given credit for the introduction of the flute into Greece from Phrygia, thus adding a new instrumental sound to that country. It is said that Olympos was also very inventive with rhythm as well which may just qualify him as the original King of Rhythm and Blues. Because of these contributions, Plutarch, the Greek historian and biographer, named Olympos the father of Greek music. Nearly three thousand years later, the bluesy scale of Olympos, tuned in the pure system of "just intonation," is still heard today on the Japanese koto and on a Woodstock Chime.

In 1979, GRAMMY(R) Award-winning musician and instrument designer Garry Kvistad created the first Woodstock Chime from an aluminium lawn chair he found in a landfill. Fascinated by the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century pentatonic scale that can’t be played on a modern piano, Garry cut and tuned the lawn chair tubes to the exact frequency of the ancient scale. The resulting Chimes of Olympos was the first Woodstock Chime and is still one of our best selling, musically tuned windchimes. Garry and his wife Diane founded Woodstock Chimes in 1979 and still develop the chimes today. It remains a family-owned business in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
I actually bought three different sets of Woodstock Chimes, each tuned to a different scale, not for any conventional purpose but for my 'Wind Chimes in the Wild' project. For this I would take one or more sets of chimes out to a carefully chosen reasonable wild place, hang them up on trees alone or in various combinations where there was sufficient wind, and make longish recordings of the whole natural soundscape, incorporating the particular chimes sounds. These recordings have proved to be exquisitely beautiful, and my plan is presently to arrange commercial produce-on-demand CD productions of many of those recordings, which would then go up on Amazon.com. In the meantime I am putting a 5-minute excerpt of each recording up at Freesound.org (my personal website links through to all that). The full length recordings of combinations of the chimes are not soporific like the commercial recordings of wind chimes as 'relaxation' sound, but are in some cases quite as engaging as a work of symphonic music.

I chose the 'silver' finish version of each set of chimes, because listening tests on other sites that gave short sound samples of the respective chimes to listen to showed that the 'silver' finish ones had an altogether brighter, 'sunnier' and more 'open' sound, I think because the various alternative finishes somewhat subdue the higher overtones.

The Chimes of Olympos are tuned to what is described as an Ancient Greek scale, which appears to be the same as the very sad sounding scale of much Japanese koto music. I found that, when combined with the sound of the Gregorian Chimes, Chimes of Pluto, or indeed both of those, the Olympos chimes changed the others' emotional effect, always bringing sadness into the picture.
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Colour: Silver Verified Purchase
Lovely sound to these chimes which I have teamed with the Chimes of Neptune. Worth the money to make the garden sound special.
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So much bigger than I expected! Lovely chime and very good quality.
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