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The Whirlophone

Luke Crawley's avatar Luke Crawley

One of my favorite musical instruments as a kid (and I still get a kick out of it) was the simple corrugated plastic tube that when whirled overhead made a fantastic, velocity-dependent sound. Adults and children alike will all get to experience this fantastic aeroacoustic phenomenon in a new way. The Whirlophone is a musical instrument presented as an art installation that takes advantage of the classic “whirling sound tube.” It is an interactive, kinetic, visual, and aural experience. The Whirlophone uses a bicycle drive train mounted on a freestanding steel pyramidal frame approximately 10’h x 4’w x 4’d. The sculpture will be activated by a hand crank. The mechanics will be encased for safety. When activated, the sound tubes whirl around to create their unique timbre. There will be a variety of lengths of the sound tubes to create different pitches. Depending on funding, there will be anywhere from 1-3 independent Whirlophones.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 6'
  • Medium: Steel
  • Width: 6'
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 12'