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About the installation

Inspired by our collection of musical instruments, Turkish artist Ali Miharbi has created a wind organ for Horniman Gardens that brings together nature, musical sound and human vocal sounds.

Each of the tubes is shaped after acoustic filters that produce vowel-like sounds when used in combination with a reed. Here, instead of a reed, a kind of whistle is used as the sound source (a pipe with a slit), which is played by the wind and creates a more flute-like sound where the different vowel filters create different timbres. The corresponding vowels are A,E,I,O and U.

These aeolian instruments are inspired by bamboo kite flutes or whistles, as well as aeolian bamboo-organs and wind organs from Asia and the Pacific.

Commissioned by Horniman Museum and Gardens and Delfina Foundation, with support from SAHA and Arts Council England.