One of my favorite sounds of all is that of wind chimes. Their sounds are so beautiful and create such a sense of peace and tranquility.
Over the years, I have been blessed with gifts of so many different kinds from family, special friends and students. Every one of them is treasured. Some of them have also found a place in my recordings. Pictures of a few of them are included in this article.
Wind chimes are actually among humanity’s oldest instruments. I was surprised to learn this at first, but once I found out more about how they were used, it made so much sense. Wind chimes appeared in different cultures all over the world.
Some of the earliest chimes were made from bones, shells, stones, bamboo or wood. As mankind developed the ability to work with metals of different kinds, wind chimes were also made out of metal. Bells and metal singing bowls made their appearance around this time too.
The oldest wind chimes, so far, have been found in South East Asia by archeologists. They date back to about 5000 years ago. It’s a fascinating synchronicity that the ancient Chinese people created their musical system about 5000 years ago.
Some sources say that the fundamental sound the system was based on was the sound of the earth. The other notes of the scale were built on this sound.
The first emperors were custodians of this all-important fundamental sound, The emperor would travel around the country to listen to the music in each community. If the music was harmonious, then all was well with the land.
There were strict guidelines in the creation of music in ancient China. Its function was to not only to create harmony in each community, but to maintain it. Anything sounding disharmonious was believed to create disharmony among the people of the community.
And it did maintain harmony. For millennia.
It makes a lot of sense to me that the wind chimes would also assist in maintaining harmony by playing these harmonious tones whenever the wind blew.
Wind chimes also had other functions. Hung around homes and sacred places, they were believed to ward off evil influences and spirits. The intention was to welcome good luck, helpful influences and harmony with the sound of the chimes. They were used in this way in many cultures around the earth.
Chimes also helped farmers keep birds and small animals out of the fields so there would be enough food to feed their family.
The practice of Feng Shui uses the chimes to balance the flow of chi in the home. The different materials chimes are made of influences the different kinds of effects they can create with changing the mood and feeling of a space.
The wind chimes made from hollow metal tubes are my personal favorites. The scales and tunes that can be created with the metal tubes are endless.
I’ve placed a link below to share a couple of my favorite wind chimes with you. These are both Woodstock chimes and information about these chimes is from http://www.chimes.com/
1. Windsinger Chimes of Athena
My sister gave me these chimes for my birthday a couple of years ago and about 6 months before she passed into spirit.
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, weaving, crafts and war was the patron of craftsmen and artisans. She was the protector of Athens where Plato taught, "the life of man in every part has need of harmony and rhythm."
Woodstock Windsinger Chimes are musically-tuned using an ancient system known as "just intonation." This means the frequencies at which the different tubes vibrate are related to one another by simple whole-number ratios. Tones that are related in this way produce the purest, most beautiful musical intervals.
This chime is tuned to an ancient Chinese pentatonic scale. Hang the Chimes of Athena in your home or garden and let it bring harmony to your ears and well-being.
2. Wind chimes of Pluto
These chimes were a gift from a dear friend and mentor.
The Chimes of Pluto is named for the outermost planet in our solar system. Discovered in 1930, and reclassified as a "dwarf planet" in 2006, Pluto is composed primarily of rock and ice. It is hand-tuned to a universal, pentatonic (five-note) scale and acts in concert with the wind to create random patterns of wonderful sound.
The Koshi chime is an authentic musical instrument, an original creation by Kabir, inventor of the Shanti chime. Each chime is a result of meticulous craftsmanship, handmade at the foot of the Pyrenean Mountains in France.
The Koshi chimes are popular in Feng Shui, relaxation, sound therapy, meditation, yoga, health clinics, spas, salons, stress therapy, as well as educational work with both adults and children.
We have these available in our store if you are drawn to them. There are 4 different chimes representing the 4 elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. They are available either individually, or as a set. We expect a shipment of these beautiful chimes this week (assuming the mail continues to move). Visit our store where we also have sound tracks of each chime.