Nature has beautiful sounds. The trees make a beautiful sound while the wind blows and with the heavy raindrops through the leaves. When these all sounds get together, it’s like a wild orchestra.
When a tree falls in a forest it makes a sound, and if you use those trees to make a giant, 50-yard xylophone, it will give a sound that is outstanding.
A Japanese company put the latest touch phone in the market in 2012 and in the meantime Morihiro Harano and his teammates decided to abstain from the technological addiction associated with such spots and take an organic approach, instead emphasizing the phone’s wooden back plate. Even though a strange design is an odd thing to emphasize, it was necessary for the project.
The carpenter Mitsuo Tsuda, sound engineer Kenjiro Mantsuo, and on-site carpenter created a huge xylophone elevated from the forest floor.
Though it’s not tangled and complicated, it’s a simple, straight line.
They let it free fall down, slowly plunking across the shady groves after they placed a small rubber ball at the top of the xylophone.
Then, note by note, the ball plunked out Bach’s famous Cantana 147, instrumental subtleties and tempos intact.
The wooden symphony was composed by this beautiful creation in the silence of the huge forest.
They didn’t allow a single mistake to happen. With one misplaced sound, it could distort the entire Cantana’s tempo off and will make it extra difficult.
A massive earthquake hit Japan on the exact day the commercial was filmed. The xylophone’s peaceful melody provided a calming experience for the nationally, felt trauma and an important message that everyone needed to hear when the commercial was on thereafter, the message was hope and rebuilding, of nature’s indestructible ability to survive, carry on and stay beautiful. It was a viral advertisement eventually aired on television.
Daisetsu Mori-no Garden, the primary venue of Japan’s famous Hokkaido Garden Show is the new home of forest xylophone.
People who come to the forest can buy a rubber ball from a vending machine and become conductors of the xylophone proceeding one after the other to continue the vernal symphony.
The xylophone “rests” on rainy days as wet boards can rot and deteriorate. But at any other time, the forests of Japan are alive with the sound of music. The music ultimately owes its magic to the spirit of nature while the tune may be Bach’s.
You can watch Morihiro Harano’s rubber ball perform Bach’s Cantana 147 below: