Ok, so they aren't actual harps....... but have you noticed how laser harps (that are actually built to look like a harp) seem to be popping up everywhere? With lots of science centres now having one.
I've not actually seen one in the flesh, but wouldn't an encounter with one in a museum be fun, and inspiring?
Glen Hill of Mountain Glen Harps seems to be building some great laser harps. Here he is explaining about one he has built for a children's Hospital.
What an amazing and therapeutic thing it would be in that situation. There is lots of info on Glens website about how they work. Essentially it's much like the midi harp in that each "string" triggers whatever is programmed on the software running it, but in this case of course you break the laser beam to make the trigger. Glen also has a blog with some pretty cool pictures of custom harps he is building.
A more traditional laser harp (without it being in confines of a harp shaped box) is nothing new, but I really like this next YouTube clip. Arpa di Luce is a collaboration between Gianpietro Grossi- Laser Engineer, Francesco Murano-Light Designer and Pietro Pirelli-Musician and visual artist.
How about this then!
Hijab Initiation No 2 for harp trio by Amir Konjani
also a solo harp piece by Amir played by Sioned Williams
Oh yes - this is AMAZING!!!!
Sorry, not Michael Nyman's theme from The Piano (The Heart ask Pleasure First) on the harp.... though it is played nicely here on the celtic harp by Italian harpist Mario Lipparini..
...but check out the lights on Mario's harp!
They are called "Rebecca Light" and were invented by a lighting engineer who plays the harp and the website where you can buy them is here
But I'm a bit concerned that on the website they sell a pedal switch for "when your harp must be silent for a passage"
Does that mean that they are not silent? ;-(
Hopefully it's just a mis-translation from Italian to English?
At $325 for the starter kit it's a bit too much to pay out if they do make a noise.
Wouldn't they would be cool on a pop gig though, and a really fun thing for solo gigs.
Anyone used them and can say whether they found them noisy or not?
If they are silent maybe someone can have a word with Santa.....Christmas is only 7 months away!!
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