Saturday, 19 July 2008

The Answer is....

The answer to What Am I is..

Chrysalis

Invented and built by Cris Forster, the Chrysalis was his first concert-sized instrument. The instrument's design was inspired by a huge, round, stone-hewn Aztec calendar.

Cris thought to himself, "What if there were a musical instrument in the shape of a wheel? And what if this wheel had strings for spokes, could spin, and when played, would sound like the wind?" Thus, the basic idea of the Chrysalis was born.

Built in 1975-76, the Chrysalis has two sides, or two circular soundboards, and 82 strings on each side. The wheel, which sits on the crest of a wave-like stand, may be freely spun in either direction.

http://www.oddmusic.com/gallery/om07100.html

9 comments:

Ginro said...

Aha I was right. It's a plinker plonker thingy. It actually sounds quite nice.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Do you play, Nunyaa?

Nunyaa said...

No, am not a player. Are you?

Crushed said...

I would have never thought it could be a musical instrument.

Live and learn :)

CherryPie said...

I was closer with my first guess wasn't I ;-)

ga.farmwoman said...

I have never seen a Chrysalis before, but it is beautiful. I would love to try and play it.
A little known fact about me..I can play the piano(a little bit) by ear.
Maybe I should number that little known fact #1.lol...
Have a great weekend and I am so glad to learned something new today.

Nunyaa said...

I have seen your piano Pam, I don't play any musical instrument and have respect for those who can master one. Yes Cherie, it was vr close.
Lol Crushed, I would of thought it was something to do with cooking but not music.

Ginro said...

ga.farmwoman has quite a talent :o I can only play it using my digits!

;)

mutleythedog said...

I thought it was a cheese grater...