Max Allen

The Still Chime: a water-powered kinetic sculpture that makes music to help natural disaster victims cope with their loss.


Due to climate change, there has been an increase in the number and severity of hurricanes.  More and more people are suffering from the catastrophe the storms are leaving behind. The Still Chime will help natural disaster victims who lost their homes and who are suffering from stress, PTSD, anxiety or depression.

This simple and low tech contraption is made out of bicycle parts, plexiglass, wood screws, PVC, steel pipes, and fishermen's wire. The victims operate it by simply pouring in water found from creeks, rivers, ponds, or lakes that turns a water wheel; the water then activates the movement of the mill that moves a timing belt connected to a cylinder with multiple holes that hold pegs. As the cylinder turns, the pegs hit the metal chimes that make soothing sounds. The Still Chimes sounds are not fixed, so they don't become tiresome; the pegs can manually be pulled out and put into different holes to create different sounds.