Monday, February 20, 2012

Ocarina Wha?

I did not not know this word - ocarina.

Ocarina is:

an ancient flute-like wind instrument; an enclosed space with four to twelve finger holes and a mouthpiece that projects from the body...The ocarina, unlike other vessel flutes, has the unusual quality of not relying on the pipe length to produce a particular tone. Instead the tone is dependent on the ratio of the total surface area of opened holes to the total cubic volume enclosed by the instrument. This means that, unlike a flute or recorder, sound is created by resonance of the entire cavity and the placement of the holes on an ocarina is largely irrelevant – their size is the most important factor.

And what has this to do with anything?

Well, next time you are visiting Tel Shiloh, you can purchase one, made locally and of wood. Joe Bazer is the craftsman -

and there's another item

Take advantage of the selections at the Visitors' Center at Tel Shiloh.


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