Slapped pipes are activated both by the public
and the wind. They consist of a radial configuration
of vertical pipes tuned to a 2 octave five note (pentatonic)
scale. When the open ends of the pipes are slapped with
beach sandals or the flat of the hand, percussive tones of
scale are produced. The resonant frequency of the piper
can also be heard by listening at the open ends. Each
pipe has a different harmonic. The forerunner of this
instrument is a series of hollowed out bamboo tubes
found in the Solomon Islands or Micronesia. They were
left in situ and turned bamboo groves into singing forest.
It is also related to the Chinese Sheng; a musical instrument
made of bamboo.
Material - Powder coated and stainless steel
Dimensions - 17' X 2-1/2"