Sound & Hearing


Pentaphone (AIR) is a five-sided percussion instrument made up of five sets of bars tuned to different registers of the same pentatonic scale. The bars are of paduk wood, aluminum, magnesium, flame-treated bamboo and glass; all but the bamboo have tuned resonators to balance the instrument's dynamic range. The timbres of each type of bar, and the consonant pentatonic scale to which they are tuned, allow even untrained players to conduct engaging musical conversations.

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