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Mexicolore contributor Chris Garcia

SEE singing stones being played...

We owe a very special thanks to Chris García, not only a highly talented and creative musician but a studious researcher on the indigenous music of Mexico, for creating this wonderful video, specially for Mexicolore, of him playing ‘singing’ or ‘ringing’ stones. Only certain rocks or stones have the right properties that allow them to resonate and sound something like a bell when struck with a hammer or other stone. Evidence for the Mexica or Maya playing these instruments is virtually non-existent, yet it seems highly unlikely that these great peoples would have been unaware of the sound or ‘musical’ qualities of all the natural materials around them: if they ‘played’ instruments made of shell, reed, wood, animal bone and skin, clay, gourds, even metals... why not stone?

Chris García demonstrates ringing stones for Mexicolore...

Ringing stones - used in a concert at the British Museum titled ‘Music at the Royal Courts of Mexico and Spain’ (October 2009)
Ringing stones - used in a concert at the British Museum titled ‘Music at the Royal Courts of Mexico and Spain’ (October 2009) (Click on image to enlarge)

Technically singing or ringing stones belong to a family of percussion instruments called ‘lithophones’. We hope to add more on this type of instrument in the future... For the moment, MANY thanks, Chris!

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Jan 03rd 2014

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