Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Harry Partch's Instruments

Thanks to The Stash Dauber for the referral...

Harry Partch's Instruments

Harry Partch playing his instrument, Kithara II (Photo: Danlee Mitchell)

About the Instruments
By 1969, the year he recorded "Delusion of the Fury," Harry Partch had designed 27 new instruments, all to be played on stage at the same time in a spatial ritual theater. These instruments were made to be beautiful in sound, vision, and "magical purpose." They were tuned according to the natural overtone series, "Just Intonation" Some, like the Chromelodeon, had as many as 43 tones in a single "octave." He made particular instruments for specific needs in his compositions, not the other way around. But, more than this, he designed the instruments to be "corporeal." To Partch, corporeal meant to involve the whole body, the whole person in the art.

Play the Virtual Harry Partch Instruments
Below you can play the Partch instruments, listen to Partch explain each instrument, and hear musical examples.
(Go to the original link to play...)

Marimba type
Bamboo type
Metal, glass, bells
Adapted from existing
Harmonic Canons
Borrowed from others
Hand instruments
Reed organs and pipes

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