Sounds in the Desert

Ammar Kammash, an amazing Jordanian artist has built a xylophone from nothing but desert stones.

To most ears, the desert might seem like a place of silence.

However, if you strain your ears enough, you can hear a melody rise up from right underneath your steps.

For artist Ammar Khammash the nature of Jordan is filled with music. And now he’s taking the sounds directly from nature to the public of Amman.

Khammash’s installation Secret Sounds of the Desert is a huge musical instrument made entirely of flints found in the desert. These stones are found in the geological formation of the Cretaceous period in the desert. The stones are attached to the xylophone as they’re found: Khammash doesn’t manipulate their shape in any way. But they produce musical notes to precision: so perfectly, in fact, that the instrument plays tuneful music.

Khammash writes in the Jordan Times that driving through the desert, the tires crunching on the flint, is “like a continuous keyboard of a strange musical instrument”. Khammash’s installation, Secret Sounds of the Desert, was a part of Amman’s Design Week and was open to the public in the city’s downtown area.

He expressed his discovery on Facebook asking,

“Are there one thousand dismantled pianos scattered for miles? An eternal melody in this remote land.”

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