THE EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE
THE EARTH HARP - INVENTED AND CREATED BY WILLIAM CLOSE
THE EARTH HARP TRANSFORMS ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPES, VENUE, CREATING HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPHONIC STRINGED INSTRUMENTS -
THE EARTH HARP HOLDS THE WORLDS RECORD AS "THE LONGEST PLAYABLE STRINGED INSTRUMENT ON THE PLANET!"
THE EARTH HARP
This is Williams most widely known musical creation. The giant strings of instrument tie into the architecture or the landscape. The space is transformed into the instrument. In a theater / concert hall for instance the EARTH HARP chambers rest on the stage and the go strings from the stage out over the audience to the balcony or some aspect of the architecture. The theater becomes the instrument. The audience is experiencing the music from inside the instrument!
"its like being in a giant cello" New York Times
The first EARTH HARP
William Close invented the first EARTH HARP at the turn of the millennium. He mounted four large resonators and bridge roughly the size of a 2 grand pianos to the ground on one side of a valley. He then ran the strings from that side of a valley almost 1000ft across to the other side, creating a giant harp out of the landscape. This was the worlds first EARTH HARP!
Since then he has had the honer of installing the EARTH HARP all around the world. He has installed it in concert halls, museums, and PAC's. From giant Festival stages out over the crowds. The top of sky scrapers, across canyons and valleys, to mount peaks and ancient temples and sacred lands. Inside cathedrals, arenas, and sports stadiums. To historic monuments, historic sites and historic architecture. Across and into lakes, pools and beaches. In giant glass atriums, airport terminal and public plazas.
The EARTH HARP creates a symphonic musical experience that brings focus awareness and honer to the places in which it is installed and played.
William continues to develop the sonic beauty of the instrument, always refining and trying new designs. William has designed and built over 50 different bridges and resonating chambers for the EARTH HARP . At present, he has 15 of his top designs to pick from when he goes to install an EARTH HARP project.
This is a real photo of the EARTH HARP Mountain installation. The strings went from the chamber on the stage all the way to the top of the mountain peak. The strings were tied into the mountain with rock climbing gear. The mountain peak had caves in the top. When the Earth Harp was being played the sound would resonate in the caves...The Mountain was creating music!
Installing the EARTH HARP is a sort of sport combining rigging, climbing, and tension creation.
We refer to it as "EARTH HARP-ING"
A typical concert hall / p.a.c. installation takes only 3 hours!
A mountain or a sky scraper.......
can take 3 days!
The EARTH HARP performs for NBC at Radio City Music Hall -
In this photo William Close plays the Radio City EARTH HARP using his specially developed technique of playing with violin rosin and gloves. His technique pulls beautiful symphonic tones from the giant strings. The pure acoustic tones are then amplified through standard microphones and put through the sound system. This is an acoustic instrument, not computers are involved in creating the symphonic sound!
Williams early experiments led him to this unique way of playing the giant strings. They are played with violin rosin on the fingers. By running the fingers along the strings it creates a beautiful and unique sound. It sets up what is referred to as a "compression wave" type of vibration. It vibrates the material of the strings similar to running a finger around the edge of a wine glass. This is a different type of vibration then that of a plucked or bowed string. After exploring and developing this unique way of playing the strings, William invented a unique tuning method which uses floating bridges that mount to each string. With long enough strings, the musical range of the Earth Harp can go from the highest note on a violin to the lowest note on a bass!
WORLD RECORD EARTH HARP
WILLIAM CLOSE RECENTLY WAS GIVEN THE RECORD FOR LONGEST PLAYABLE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT ON EARTH. BOTH GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS AND THE WORLD RECORD ASSOCIATION HONER HIS RECORD.HE ACHIEVED THE RECORD WHEN HE STRUNG THE EARTH HARP 300 METERS TO THE TOP OF A SKY SCRAER IN SINGAPORE!
SKY SCRAPER TOUR - ONGOING!
INSPIRED BY HIS RECRD BREAKING INSTALLATION IN SINGAPORE WILLIAM CONTINUES TO STRING SKY SCRAPERS / AND IMPORTANT ARCHITECTURE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. HERE IS AN INSTALLATION AND CONCERT SERIES IN DOWN TOWN LOS ANGELES. "THE STRINGS GO 700 FT STRAIGHT UP! IT IS LIKE I AM PLAYING THE SKY"
KENNEDY CENTER RESIDENCY 2016
WILLIAM AND THE EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE WAS INVITED BY THE KENNEDY CENTER IN WASHINGTON DC FOR AN EXTENDED STAY. WILLIAM INSTALLED TWO MAJESTIC EARTH HARPS IN THE GRAND ENTRANCE HALL OF STATES. HE THEN GAVE DAILEY CONCERTS FOR THE PUBLIC. HE ALSO LED INSTRUMENT BUILDING WORKSHOPS FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE RESIDENCY CULMINATED WHEN THE FULL EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE JOINED WILLIAM FOR A FINAL CONCERT IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER. WILLIAM SETUP A THIRD EARTH HARP AND PERFORMED A SOLD OUT CONCERT THE CULMINATED IN TO AWESOME STANDING OVATIONS!
Performing Arts Centers / Concert Halls / Museums
WCEHC HAVE PERFORMED IN NUMEROUS THEATERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.From the Grand Theater in Shanghai to the Kennedy Center to the Miller Performing Arts complex in Houston. William and his team have recently been selling out, even over selling many of the theaters they are booked in. The PAC/concert hall is a perfect environment for the Earth Harp. The audience has a new experience of music as the are surrounded by the lush harmonics of the strings.
SPECIAL EVENTS / CORPORATE EVENTS / CORPORATE COLLABORATIONS
WILLIAM CLOSE HAS BEEN CREATING INNOVATIVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCES IN THE PRIVATE EVENT MARKET FOR OVER 20 YEARS! HE HAS WORKED WITH MAJOR CORPORATIONS TO DELIVER A POWERFUL, HIGH CLASS, MUSICAL COMPONENT THAT HELPS DELIVER THE THEMES AND MESSAGE OF THE EVENT. THE COMBINATION OF AN AWESOME CONCERT AND A FASCINATING LECTURE COMPONENT ALWAYS REACHES THE HEARTS AND THE INTELLECT OF THE MOMENT. WILLIAM AND HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN AN INTRIGAL PART OF OF MANY OPENING CLOSING SESSIONS, COCKTAIL AND DINNER CONCERTS, AS WELL AS CREATING SOUND TRACKS PERFORMED LIVE FOR SPECIFIC THEATRICAL CONTENT AND VIDEOS. WCEHC HAS AN EXCELLENT UNDERSTANDING OF THE EVENT WORLD.
HOLIDAY CONCERT EXPRIENCE -
CATHEADRALS , CHURCHES, SACRED SPACES
THE EARTH HARP IS A PERFECT INSTRUMENT TO CAPPTURE THE MAJIC AND MYSTERY OF HOLIDAY AND OTHER SACRED MUSIC. EHC VOCALIST RAFE PEARLMAN HAS STUDIED AND IS A MASTER VOCALIST FOR SACRED MUSIC AND THE TRADITIONAL BEUATY OF HOLIDAY CLASSICS. THE EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES TRULY CELEBRATE THE SPLENDER AND WONDER OF THE SEASON!!
PRESS LINKS , ARTISTS PHOTOS AND PAINTINGS
PHOTOS BY ARTIST DANIEL ZETTERSTROM
Daniel has been capturing The Earth Harp Collective for many years. In the fall of 2015 he came up to our home and studio in Malibu. he stayed with us for a few days and worked his photo magic. The result is the following series of photos. Some of these photos became the inspiration for a new series of tracks that are the start of an EARTH HARP OPERA!
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