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SOLAR XYLOPHONE

By Rory Nugent

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Photograph by Kay Canavino

MUSIC OF THE SPHERE

Solar cells gracefully link technology with the Earth’s natural resources, bringing projects out of the dank, dusty workshop and giving them a sustainable home with the plants outside. This autonomous xylophone uses Solarengine circuits and pentatonic chimes to play in tune with that big nuclear power plant in the sky.

Wind chimes capture wind energy to move metal tubes that generate sound when they strike one another. They’re simple, timeless, and beautiful. You can never predict the composition the chimes will play after the next gust of wind, which is what makes these ...

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