Blueprint: idea for Spanish Piper (Organi-phone)

I am a big fan of modern sculptor Eduardo Chillida, whose fabulous “wind comb” sculptures on the rocky sea-coast of San Sebastian Spain were my inspiration for the “organi-phone” which follows.  The wind combs are giant spiderlike wrought-iron fingers which attach to rocks above the roaring surf, together with a series of seven musical tunnels which are powered by the blast of waves beating on the rocky shore.  These musical tunnels are tuned to various notes which combine to create random “ocean-powered music”.
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wind comb pipes

My ocean-side property in Cavendish PEI has plenty of wind but no direct water access, so I have conceived of the organi-phone as a wind-powered version of Chillida’s musical sculpture.  The organi-phone (or Spanish Piper) is a 3 metre tall sculpture made of fibreglass, in the shape of a hollow periscope with a back fin on the bottom half.  The opening at the mouth of the periscope serves to collect the wind, and funnel it down its throat through a series of PVC pipes — which are tuned like a flute to make a musical chord (i.e. 3 or more harmonic notes that are sounded together).  The general plan for making and tuning a PVC flute is found here on Youtube:

The “skin” of the organi-phone is made up of fibreglass covered by pieces of broken ceramics (i.e. trencadis) like Antoni Gaudi’s famous lizard sculpture at Park Guell in Barcelona (

Another more complex version of the basic Organi-phone would have 3 periscope tops instead of just one, offset at slightly different angles, so that the chord will vary with changing wind direction.  

Although I retain copyright on the organi-phone idea, I would encourage you to try building one for yourself!         


2 responses to “Blueprint: idea for Spanish Piper (Organi-phone)

  1. Just brilliant. Good for you. Last summer I saw a wonderful contraption in Centre Island park (in the Toronto islands), with four seats where people could sit, pedal and create sound effects. Much pedalling, laughter and photo-taking ensued. I hope it will still be there this coming summer.

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