One of the benefits of being a Kindermusik educator is the opportunity to network with other Kindermusik educators through our online email loop, known as the KMLoopers. This morning, I received an email from another educator about an interesting website that I think lots of you will enjoy – and not just the kids! It’s called oddmusic.com and you can spend as much or as little time as strikes your fancy, listening to some really and truly weird instruments!
One that caught my eye was the armonica. Yes, the a-r-m-o-n-i-c-a. Invented by Benjamin Franklin, it is a series of glass bowls, individually tuned by size, mounted one inside another with cork on a metal spindle. The glasses are made to spin with a flywheel attached to a foot pedal. Since they are individually tuned, they don’t need to be filled with water, although the player does use moistened fingers to play it. If you have ever rubbed a wet finger around the rim of a wine glass, then you, my friend, have all it needs to be an armonica-player!
Even Mozart, being into Oddmusic himself, composed two of his works specifically for the armonica!
You can listen to a sample of Mozart’s Adagio for glass armonica here.
For further information about armonicas, visit the website of William Wilde Zeitler, American Glass Armonica artist.
For further exploration of some truly weird, wacky instruments, be sure to check out Oddmusic.com.
Many thanks to Daneille for sharing the link with us!