please let me say just a little note about the author,
the aeolian instruments and the kites ...
First I want to say thanks to my wife Beate.
Without her tolerance, all those pages
would have been impossible to realize!!
When first visiting these pages, you might feel a
certain need for more structure... but it is difficult to manage
book-like, growing structures, becoming more and more complex.
So I decided to arrange the exciting theme by describing the single aeolian instruments and connecting them with links like a spider web
...a neuronal structure where you hopefully will meet Tarantula one fine day... ;-)))
Being a former member of the DCD (German Kite Association, unfortunately exspired in 2005), the International Aeolists, the NCB (Nouveau Cerf-Voliste Belge) and living in the South-West of Germany in Weinheim (see local Newspaper for more info) at the western slope of our beautiful Odenwald Mountain (near Heidelberg) I'm building kites of all techniques as well as aeolian instruments since about 1975.
bamboo kite is lifting more pleasure per pound than any other human
so the traditional asian ways of building single-line-kites with the
fantastic high(!) tech material bamboo
covered with paper
or fabric and their hand made special sound producing instruments
became my appreciated favourites.
With these pages I want to tempt you to leave the trampled paths of kite plans, kite building and well known musical instruments.
The kites and the aeolian instruments pictured on these pages were mostly built by myself. In case of recordings, pictures etc. given to me by friends (thanks to them all!!) they're marked with their names, e-mail addresses/ links etc. (In case I forgot to mark something, please tell me!)
While designing the pages, my aims were:
contrast to the 90% of trash-"information" you might find
in the internet...
a maximum of
dear reader, but also...
to give ready solutions for the
single instruments (of course there are some more
secrets ;-)) ) but giving space for your
own thoughts, to come to your desired results!...
me also the opportunity to come in contact with YOU, to establish a
productive mutual EXCHANGE FOR US BOTH...
...to give fast loading times to everyone,
...abstaining from all those nice, but time consuming,
useless graphic buttons, animated GIF's etc.; mostly separating the
text from the pictures & sounds, etc. which, however, can be seen
and heard easily by clicking on the links within the text. In the
next time, the pictures will be more and more implemented in the text
for better, faster computer hardware becomes more and more common.
The sound examples need an MP3-player, mostly being implemented in your browsers
Now have a close look to a not everyday, more musical, fascinating aspect of our play with the wind. I am trying to infect especially YOU with this rather exciting subject, playing with the wind and it's mysterious, charming sounds while catching clouds in the sky...
In case your local kite/ artist club etc. wants a workshop
making such instruments for sound gardens etc.: Let's talk about it!
Ohne Musik ist das Leben ein Irrtum!
oder wie Voltaire sagte:
Il faut cultiver nos jardins!
ein and'rer macht's;
manch einer acht's,
so mancher bedacht's;
doch einer verlacht's !
- Was macht's! -
Nice "Trutzkopf" ( = vexing
head) at the main gate
of the medieval castle in Breuberg/ Hesse Southern Germany
So enjoy these pages and
thanks especially YOU for mailing me your opinion
- and new ideas to experiment with :-))
If you find these pages useful,
don't hesitate to link on them... :-))
....and send me an e-mail if you happen to find broken links or if there are any questions left...
Uli Wahl (see a page on the author at "carnet de vol")
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