It began on a midnight walk in 1996 with the sound of wind chimes wafting through the breeze.
I've played many instruments over the years from guitar and dulcimer to grand piano, but none sounded anything like the music of that fateful stroll, and I was immediately captivated. The next day I bought a piece of aluminum tubing and delighted when it resonated a perfect Bb for over a minute when struck with a mallet. For me, the discovery was a point of no return.
In the 15 years since that afternoon my passion, vision, and biggest challenge has been the perfection of an entirely new instrument inspired by that beautiful, pure resonance, which I call "The Tones". Standing over 8 feet tall, The Tones consist of three pyramidal structures supporting 90 aluminum and brass tubes ranging from 7 inches to over 6 feet in length. When played, they have a natural reverberation and enduring sustain audible up to 2 minutes after initial playing, creating gorgeous overlays of harmonic, multi-timbral sound behind foreground melodies. Uniquely, here's an instrument which continues making music long after a formal composition has ended. This is many listener's favorite part and is showcased in the long fade outs.
The music itself emerges in various ways. At times, I can hear the melodies within these overlays. At others, it is the chance combination of tones played while fine tuning a particular note as in Firefly, or simply playing with the sound itself as in New Peace. Mystic Dream began with a suggestion to play the same note two octaves apart and Ceremony emerged while adding a series of Bb tones to the set. One of my very favorites is waking up in the middle of the night with melodies running through my head which initiates a mad dash to the studio. Many have said the music of the Tones is as unique and beautiful as the instrument itself. Others claim the vibrant spirit has an ability to dissolve the limitations of our perceptions and deliver us into a place of peace and tranquillity.
Makes me wonder, if butterflies could sing, perhaps it would sound something like this. Namaste