Wind Organ (2017), co-commissioned by Delfina Foundation and Horniman Museum with support from SAHA, is inspired by the museum’s musical instrument collection. The piece forms part of a series of works commissioned as part of Delfina Foundation’s thematic programme Collecting as Practice.
Wind Organ is an outdoor installation with five stainless steel tube poles that function like side-blown flutes played by the wind. Each instrument has a different resonator shape based on simplified models of the human vocal tract corresponding to the vowels A, E, O, U, I.
Following is a demonstration of how different shapes create different sounds: