91 NM Branch Road
ELEMENTS DRUM (Éoliphone)
In 1974 the French composer and Christian mystic Olivier Messiaen came to
New York to oversee rehearsals for the premier of his composition From the
Canyons to the Stars ("Des canyons aux étoiles), about
an experience set in Death Valley, California. He brought with him an unusual instrument
to be played during the piece: an éoliphone, which is constructed like a large
hand drum with skins on both ends. Inside it are hundreds of small particles which are
rolled around slowly on one of the heads. Messiaen used this to imitate the sound of
shifting sands. It also sounds like waves on the ocean, or wind going through pine needles
on top of a mountain. The particles alone create a very special mood; the Elements Drum
can also be played like a hand drum.
Wood frame, 2 skin heads, "Elements"
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