This Wheelharp Will Drive You Crazy Just Like A Real Chamber String Orchestra

Read about the wheel harp – a unique and unusual musical instrument that may drive you crazy for the strange music it produces.

The first thing that came to my mind after looking at the instrument was a boat steering wheel.

The musician would surely want to navigate his/her musical composition in the musical ocean with this wheelharp!

What is wheelharp?

The wheelharp is a stringed musical instrument with bowed strings controlled using a motor and keyboard.

Owning a wheel harp is almost similar to owning a real chamber string orchestra at hand with the full chromatic scale of 61 actual bowed strings.

The foot-controlled motor creates friction with strings to create continuous musical sounds when the keys are pressed.

The working mechanism is somewhat similar to Leonardo da Vinci’s Viola Organista.

Watch Nicholas Pike play the Wheel harp

What is Viola Organista?

Viola Organista got its name from the amalgamation of the mechanisms of a violin and an organ.

Just like a violin, it has a friction belt to vibrate individual strings and a keyboard similar to an Organ.

Leonardo’s Viola Organista has inspired instrument makers for more than 400 years.

Wheelharp is one of the musical instruments similar to the mechanism of viola organista.

However, the design of wheelharp is unusual and different as compared to a viola organista.

A flat design of the keyboard is too mainstream for musicians to drive the adrenaline rush.

Therefore, a circular keyboard with a view of just an octave would be an exciting challenge for musicians comfortable with flat keyboards.

Jon Jones and Mitchell Manger built the wheelharp in 2013 presented at the 2013 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The makers of wheelharp have already patented the design of instrument action and bridge.

Why should you consider wheelharp?

Do you want to avoid the synthetic sounds from the virtual synthesizers and want to record actual strings?

Wheelharp creates an opportunity for musicians and producers to experiment with their sonic ideas on real strings.

Read more about the musical instrument here.

Thanks for reading my 91st article in the series 100-day music blogging challenge. stay tuned for more informative articles.

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