Time for some project research…
So the more unusual cases are water and fire, I guess, since wind instruments are so common and all instruments are made of earth. which sorta fits my intuition to make earth the ‘ground’.
I’m especially interested in fire, especially this notion of a fireharp that keeps entering my thoughts, wondering how I could realize such a thing. Here is what immediately comes to mind (water and fire):
(also not forgetting Annea Lockwood – burning piano ):
so, anyone aware of more contemporary examples (especially one-off art projects) or even more traditional examples, or examples from non-Western cultures?
I keep thinking of the virtually all-encompassing dichotomy between impulsively vs. continuously excited instruments (the Levitin-McAdams model; cf. https://www.mcgill.ca/mpcl/files/mpcl/levitin_2002_orgsound.pdf) and am curious how different “elemental instruments” can provide ways of challenging this dichotomy and rethinking the idea of musical “control”.
[Also, on a parallel/cosmological plane, I’m well aware of Inayat Khan’s “elemental associations” and to a certain extent the uses of these in composition. These ideas are explained here: https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/II/II_1.htm ]
but my interest for this project is actual, physical processes… only then can I explore correspondences.
I know there are some excellent musicologists on here – thanks for any pointers!