Lithophone - Agate Music

Sawing
Brazing
Drilling
Laughing

And the result is... a new lithophone (after the big one built for Magma).

The sounding stones are made of agate. The "mallets" (picture below) come in two types: hard (hematite chunks) and soft (orange calcite). I acquired all the stones last summer at the Harvard Natural History Museum, a few hours before my plane flew from Boston to France. We built the instrument between August 20th and 22nd, 2007.

Many thanks to:

  • my father for his invaluable help
  • my mother for the assistance beyond the making of the lithophone
  • Suzanne and Freddy for their incredible reactivity

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