March 27th, 2017
The use of metal wind chimes can create sounds ranging from a melodic song to a dull thump, depending on the type of materials used as well as the type of ball in the center striking the tubes when the wind blows. The length of the pipe or tube, along with the thickness of the metal will set the tone of the sound being made when the wind blows.
Metal wind chimes can be made in various sizes to create sounds similar to the tinkling of glass to the glare of horns, and the type of ball used can produce loud or muted tones. A metal ball in the center striking against metal wind chimes will be considerably louder than a rubber ball, which will make a muted sound and a wooden ball can produce a sound somewhere in the middle. How they are hung can also affect the clarity of sound being made.
Most metal wind chimes will have a small hole drilled through the top, attached by a thin wire or string to a common point located about in the center of the contraption. This will enable the metal pieces to be maintained at an equal distance to the center ball, insuring it strikes each one with the same amount of force and movement. This will give all the parts of metal wind chimes the same opportunity to makes their individual noises, regardless of the strength or direction of the wind.
Moving Pipes Or Ball Still Results In Noise
Many metal wind chimes work on the principal of the center ball remaining essential still while the wind moves the pipes to contact with the ball. Others may have the center ball attached to a thin piece of metal that is caused to move by the wind, with the ball striking the pipes. There is not going to be any difference in the sound made by metal wind chimes, regardless of whether the pipe hits the ball or the ball hits the pipes.
Most metal wind chimes are designed to make the best music possible with materials used, and the ball should strike each piece of metal at its approximate center. Math equations help designer create the best possible sounds from wind chimes considering all the variables used to make them.
The size and weight of the metal parts, their length and the size and type of ball that will strike the parts are all considered when metal wind chimes are made. Think of them like a mobile, a balanced piece of work, with all parts an equal distance from its center. When the wind blows, they are made to strike another, more stable object to create a unique sound.