The sound of wind chimes reminisce beautiful, dream like moments where we can see wind and feel nature presence vividly around us. Nothing more beautiful than acknowledging earth's natural elements ever so present but ever so underrated.
Wind chimes are sort of percussion instruments constructed from suspended items that strike with one another by wind blows or by direct impact with them. They can be made of several forms and materials; these forms are commonly tubes, bells or rods; and they are often made of different types of metal or wood. As wind chimes are struck according to the random effects of the wind blowing, these instruments are considered by some as chance based music. This is what makes their effect highly linked to nature designed sounds.
In our spaces, wind chimes could be hanged to accentuate the length of a window, to deliver elegance to a kitchen space or your outdoor spaces. For some, they can also serve as musical tools or weather advisors; some even use them to improve their luck.
Wind chimes' tones and vibrations are powerful as they can help calm our minds, soothe our nerves as well as discharge our built up stress, contributing to the overall improvement of our wellbeing. The soothing sounds of wind chimes tinkling in the wind may make it easier to connect with our inner energies while healing and restoring the soul. For thousands of years, wind chimes have been used not just for decor but also for treatments to heal and restore the spirit in disciplines such as Feng Shui.
Let's have a look at how the sounds of wind chimes change according to its materials and forms, so you can create the desired effect in your rooms and spaces.
The tubes or rods may sound either indistinct pitches, or fairly distinct pitches. Wind chimes that sound fairly distinct pitches can, through the chance movement of air, create simple melodies or chords. Regarding tubes' dimensions in general, the larger and longer the tubes are, the lower and deeper the sounds will be. Short, narrow tubes will tend to produce higher pitches
Many wind chimes are made from aluminium, copper, and wood. Many other materials can also be used to make wind chimes with unique sounds, including glass, bamboo, seashells, and ceramic. Aluminium wind chimes tend to provide the longest and loudest sounds.
Metal and wooden wind chimes made with specifically-sized tubes can be tuned to particular notes. Wind chimes made out of seashells or glass, on the other hand can't be tuned to particular notes and may produce a range of sounds from pleasant tinkling to noisy clanging.
How wind chimes impact us
Sound connects us with our environment, nature is never silent and sound links us to other life. Sound stimulation can nurture behavioural changes and emotions. We can react negatively or positively to sound. Positive sound can ease the feeling of loneliness or isolation. Good sound can stimulate or enhance relaxation, reverse sadness, clam nervousness, tension and anger.
The gentle sound of wind chimes can greatly help to create a positive energy. They can also correct negative, harsh or dulling sounds in the environment, such as the sound of traffic. Wind chimes can correct these situations and bring balance to a home and to your life.