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Stainless Steel Slam Organ

Plunking out pitches with flip-flops: A design piece by Stefan Schilling

The Slam Organ lets up to 2 children play with five tuned organ pipes made of stainless steel piping. Like with an organ, there is one pipe for each pitch. In contrast to a "real" organ, however, the column of air that creates the resonance is evoked by swatting at the end of the pipe with flip-flops. This "plunking" can be tuned precisely either by measuring out the pipe to just the right length or by using the trial-and-error method.

Facts & Data

  • Materials - Stainless steel piping, flip-flops
  • Sound - Soft, tonal, airy
  • Exhibition setting - Inside or outside
  • Setup time - 20 minutes
  • Exhibition duration - Days, weeks, months
  • Space required - Approx. 160 x 140 cm

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