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Solar Organ

Wind chimes are one nature-powered music device, but here is another: a solar thermal organ.

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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.

[kudos Make:]

Garden Chime Contest

Oddstrument Collection is having a contest for garden musical instruments:

Things like wind chimes, outdoor gongs, bells, fountains, musical sculptures, “wind banjos”, etc. Think solar, wind, water powered and beyond.

[via :Make]

Related posts: Chime Variations, Building Wind Chimes

Chime Variations

Ranjit describes a sound sculpture using strings instead of chimes. [Video link] (hat tip Make)

Furin are glass wind chimes, a sound of summer in Japan. PingMag interviews furin craftsman Yoshiharu Shinohara, with marvelous photos. (kudos Dinosaurs and Robots)

Happy Birthday First Product

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 1.0 screen shot

WinChime is still supported and improved. Look for new features in an update later this year.

Wind Chime Puzzler

The Enigma column of New Scientist August 20 2005 issue presents this problem by Bob Walker:

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?

Charles Petzold is a programmer/author, known to coders for writing a well-regarded text for Windows C developers. He has posted solutions to several New Scientist Enigma problems on his web site as C source code, including the above chime question.

Morning Chimes at Burning Man

Chimes greet the dawn at Burning Man.

Video link [via ifilm]

Talk Like a Pirate

Arrrrrr’, on this Talk Like a Pirate Day, we be presentin’ one of our previous logs in pirate-speak. Tip o’ me cap to this translator.

(Pirate) WinChime RingTone: TracFoneV176

We be havin’ a TracFone v176 (GSM, Motorola) an’ wanted t’ add a WinChime ringtone t’ th’ handset, preferably at nay charge.

Generate a MIDI File

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.


Send MIDI File t’ Cell

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’ . 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.

(copystarboard Sagebrush Systems, July 2007)

Go t’ Sagebrush Systems homeport page fer unique Windows software.

Flutter Chime

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.

Previously: Big Chime, Building Chimes, Bike Wind Chime, One-Note Wind Chime, Hard Drive Wind Chime.

Building Wind Chimes

Resources found on the web:

(kudos Wikipedia)

Related posts: Bike Wind Chime, One-Note Chime, Hard Drive Chime, Building Chimes

WinChime RingTone: Motorola/Tracfone W370

We can confirm that our previous article on transferring a WinChime MIDI file to the Motorola V176 marketed by Tracfone also works on the newer W370 model.


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