How Moonlight Sonata will sound when it’s played on rocks?
The Great Stalacpipe Organ is a unique instrument that uses cave formations to make music, It is located deep in an underground cave in Virginia, was completed in 1956 after three years of work by a mathematician and electronic scientist Leland W. Sprinkle. It took Sprinkle three years and 2500 tries to find the right 37 formations to serve as natural chimes, ranging over five octaves. However, It is the world’s largest natural instrument, covering 1.4 hectares and using over 8 kilometres of wiring.
It works by tapping on ancient stalactites with rubber mallets, all connected to a console that looks like a traditional organ. The sound seem to come from all around, as if the cavern itself were singing.
One of the popular stories surrounding the invention of the organ says that Sprinkle got the idea when his son hit his head on one of the stalactites, producing a low, vibrating hum from the cave.
listen to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Arranged/played by Monte Maxwell.
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The Great Stalacpipe Organ – Moonlight Sonata
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