A wind chime is fascinating: moved by wind events, small sound tubes suspended in a circle around a solid block are beaten against this block by wind and thus produce collision sounds. A wide variety of variants are available on the market, they differ in the functional structure, in size, number and material used. Only one thing is common to all: the sound spectrum is also designed by the builder and is an integral part of the wind chime. I wanted to change that and transfer it to the modern age. I wanted to create a wind chime that allows the user to link any sound events to the wind chime. That’s why I set out to develop (free after Charles Chaplin’s “Modern Times”) the artwork Modern Chimes. (Modern Chimes is a wind to sound installation)
The development work is described in more detail here
Modern Chimes consists of a few functional units:
- A freely hanging electronic wind chime made of plexiglass, 8 Plexiglas tubes with embedded motion sensors without any sound.
- A radio transmitting unit integrated in the wind chime for transmittion signals to the receiving station.
- A wireless receiver unit with connected music sampler.
Here’s a video of the first public showing of the first version of Modern Chime as a wedding present in a friend’s wide garden.
In the (not visible) house with receiver and loudspeakers, I change the CF Cards (described below) again and again to load other sound scenarios.
Here are the components:
The wireless receiver unit (white box) with music sampler (Roland SP-404) for connection to the stereo amplifier and loudspeakers. Memory cards with sound scenarios
Here is the main unit, the actual wind chime. It hangs on a chain of neodymium magnets for free rotation. You can see the battery compartment and the black controller for the sensitivity setting. To the right, the red on/off switch. The 8 Plexiglass rods are connected to the 3D-printed housing via motion sensors.
Weight: Wind Chime 1kg, Music Sampler 1kg
Size: Wind Chime 45cm (height) 11.5cm (diameter)
Power supply: 4x AA Mignon batteries, on/off, LED for on/off, approx. 12 hrs playing time
Sensors: 8 bending sensors on Plexiglas square rods, sensitivity adjustable
Material: Plexiglas, ABS (3D printed case), electronics
Suspension: freely rotatable by neodymium magnets
Radio connection: Zigbee standard 2.4GHz, approx. 1km range in open space
Each of the Modern Chimes is unique.
The artwork consists of:
- Wind chime
- Radio reception unit
- Sampler with 6 music scenarios on interchangeable flash cards
- battery set
The total edition is 2 pieces +2ea