Parabolic reflectors power thermoacoustic variable-pitch pipe resonators. In another video the creator describes how the sun can cast shadows on arrays of thermal organs, changing sound as the sun moves.
WinChime 1.0, our first Sagebrush product, was released February 27, 1995, running on Windows 3.1 . Win95 would not appear until November of that year, computers were just beginning to come equipped with sound cards and CD-Rom drives, and people wanted something to play on their new devices. Audio takes up a lot of space on 40MByte disk drives, so we took advantage of the built-in MIDI capabilities of sound cards to produce plesant ambient sounds without using much computer resources.
WinChime is still supported and improved. Look for new features in an update later this year.
A wind chime, with 10 chimes of lengths 1 cm to 10 cm, placed uniform distances apart around the circumference of a round disk so they are “balanced perfectly.” The 10 lengths of the chimes in this sequence form an 11-digit number. What’s the smallest possible number for balanced chimes?
We know that this phone be capable o’ playin’ MIDI files directly. This can be verified by navigatin’ on th’ phone t’ Multimedia-> Sounds-> Clouds-> (Menu)-> Details-> Select, an’ noticin’ th’ file Type be “MIDI”.
WinChime allows us t’ generate a MIDI file, usin’ th’ currently selected program settings fer scale, wind, instrument, an’ so fore. Click WinChime menu File-> Save MIDI File As, enter a file name, an’ specify th’ number o’ notes in th’ file.
Usin’ WinChime, we create a unique file wi’ our chosen program settings: pitch, musical scale, an’ so fore. Since nay copystarboarded tune be used, we do nay steal from creative artists.
Before sendin’ a MIDI file t’ th’ phone as a message, we first wanted t’ explore th’ possibility o’ usin’ a data cable, t’ avoid th’ minor 1-2 unit charge o’ receivin’ an’ downloadin’ a message. Googlin’ fer “V176 data cable” does return some hits. (Well, t’ be objective, almost any cell-phone related search returns some hits.) Perhaps Motorola once manufactured a version o’ th’ V176 havin’ a port fer a data cable, but this handset purchased from TracFone certainly dasn’t be havin’ a data interface (unless ’tis also shared wi’ th’ headset jack– doubtful) an’ we disassembled jus’ t’ make certain:
Nope, nay place fer a data jack, although an empty spot on th’ bottom o’ th’ circuit board might be havin’ had space fer one in an alternate version.
We didna try usin’ a GSM SIM reader/writer, t’ be seein’ if we could transfer media files t’ th’ phone usin’ this interface. Has ere tried this wi’ a V176? Me guess be that SMS messages might be stored on th’ card, but nay MMS or media, so this probably wouldna work.
Send MIDI File t’ Cell — Try Again
This cell service provider provides a way t’ send MMS messages t’ TracFone phones from an e-mail account, addressin’ t’ cellNumber@mms.att.net . We sent a message, wi’ a WinChime-generated MIDI file as attachment.
Save th’ File as RingTone
Th’ phone received our message an’ could play th’ attached MIDI file. Click th’ “navigation” button, select “Save Content“, an’ use th’ file name “WinChime”.
At th’ cell phone top level menu, press “Navigate” button-> Multimedia-> Sounds-> WinChime-> “Navigate” button -> “Apply as Rin’ Tone“.
Our cell-phone now has a unique wind chime ringtone!
Future articles may explore WinChime ringtones fer other mobile providers an’ cell-phone models.
We found this unusual gravity-powered chime: video , info.
The chimes are seen to flutter down the string. Note that the chime holes do not seem to be at 22% of chime length for optimum resonance, but appear to be closer to the end, perhaps necessary for flutter action.