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William Close is the inventor behind the Earth Harp with which he creates the most incredible spherical music. Published by BBC on February 24, 2020.

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New York native William Close is an installation artist, musician and visionary who has developed over one hundred new musical instruments including the famed Earth Harp. It is the world’s longest string instrument which uses architecture and landscapes to create a unique sound. Mr Close, who has performed the giant harp all over the world, says the audiences are often left feeling like they are “inside the instrument” during his performances.

Over the last twenty years, William Close and MASS Ensemble have created hundreds of Earth Harp installations all over the world. From the Grand Theater of Shanghai to the Space Needle in Seattle, each installation is unique to its own environment. An Earth Harp installation celebrates the architecture and landscape of its surroundings. The environment and architecture are transformed by the strings.

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