In 2005, a Croatian architect made a 230-foot-long organ that turns out the rhythm of the waves into real music.
Nope, not nonsensical bellows or disorderly tones. Real, real, music.
Most of us have not seen, or heard, anything similar to it.
Imagine walking along the scenic Adriatic Sea, treading lightly on a set of white stone steps as a cool breeze rolls past.
Carved into the steps are narrow channels which connect to 35 organ pipes, each tuned to different meticulously organized musical chords.
Since the waves lap against the steps, they push air through the pipes and outside whistle-holes in the surface above, making a harmonious and completely random musical arrangement.
However, you don’t see what is happening below the surface. You shut your eyes and everything you hear is that a song like you have never heard before, you completely unique to the movement of the sea in that exact minute.
Take a listen: Here’s what it sounded like at one specific moment, on one specific moment. On any other day, it may sound entirely different.
(Reach the orange button to hear it.)
Pretty amazing, right?
The Sea applications, or the Morske Orgulje, is an amazing feat of structure designed to bring back life into one of the world’s oldest cities.
Zadar, a 3,000-year-old town on the coast of Croatia, was almost entirely
destroyed in World War II so a lot of its ancient temples lost forever. Years following a rebuilding that featured lots of concrete, concrete structures, award-winning architect Nikola Bai was brought in to bring some pleasure back to the shore.
That is when he came up with the idea.
Without a doubt that he was motivated by the
hydraulis a nifty little instrument built by the early Greeks that used water to push air through tuned pipes or even the Wave Organ at San Francisco a set of curved tubes built in the 1980s that amplify the gurgles and howls of the Pacific Ocean.
However, the intricate design of this Sea program is what sets it apart and makes it truly something to marvel at.
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