Crystal Lake Central High School
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Keith Levin, Teacher
The Suspended Cylindrophone
By Courtney Anne C.
Constructed with varying sizes of aluminum pipes, copper wire, and plywood, the cylindrophone goes far beyond the capabilities of mere wind chimes. Each pipe has its own distinctive pitch, while each of the three sets of five pipes has its own distinctive timbre. The larger pipes found on the top tier produce a brighter, almost piercing tone, while the lower two tiers have a more dark, rich, resonant ting to them.
Using the cylindrophone mallet, and striking the individual pipes with varying amounts of force can control the volume. The cylindrophone may also be played by simply moving the instrument through the air, or striking with your hand, similar to conventional wind chimes. The cylindrophone produces sound by utilizing the resonating chambers inside the pipes. When the pipe is struck, the air inside vibrates to produce the ringing sound.