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A 21-piece inharmonic chime tree, spanning an interval of a 12th.

I began handcrafting wind chimes and chime trees around the same time I learned how to solve partial differential equations by separating variables, as a sophomore at UTD. This helped me take ownership of my education and provided some intuition and appreciation for wave phenomena.

Every stage of making wind chimes is joy, from deriving tunings, to procuring the metals, to making the appropriate measurements and cuts, to assembling the chimes, to sitting on the porch and listening to them tinkle in the breeze. Below are some of my favorite results.

A tuning celebrating light: G, C, D, G.

E lydian wind chimes

Wind chimes tuned in Raga Malkauns.

A modal wind chimes

Db minor pentatonic wind chimes

Wind chimes tuned in Raga Hindol.

Spectrograph of Raga Hindol chimes revealing the four fundamental tones, as well as various harmonics extending beyond the threshold of human hearing.