Mfg. by Emil Richards

Brass square tubes. Tuned to Indian sruti scale.

This instrument, dubbed “trans celeste” by Emil Richards, is composed of hollow, brass tubes. It’s tuned microtonally, in a 22-note Indian shruti scale. The bars have a long sustain, and glissandi on the instrument especially create quite a dark, mystical feel.


  • Columbo: A Stitch in Crime

    Transceleste plays a spooky, repetitive role in the TV series, Columbo from the 1970s, by Henry Mancini.

  • Star Trek 2009 (Giacchino)

    Tranceleste provides a subtle under-layer in Star Trek (2009) by Michael Giacchino.

Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.

These sound excerpts, to the best of our knowledge (unless otherwise noted), include this actual instrument from our collection. To hear the instrument yourself, or to let us know of any errors, please contact us.