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.