Water Chimes

Water Chimes

(Campana Sumergida en Agua)

Mfg. by Emil Richards

4 brass plates dip into water via foot pedal, producing descending glissando effect, similar to how a water gong works.

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  • Water chimes are used throughout "The Wolf That Lives in Lindsey" from the album Mingus (1979) by Joni Mitchell. Listen for them at the end of phrases.

  • Water chimes are used as texture in this clip from the Brothers' song, "Mighty Ocean" (1973). Also, jump to 34:20 to hear them with other instruments, repeatedly playing a downbeat.

  • In Batman Returns (1992), composed by Danny Elfman, a single descending water chime toll underlines a surreal, macabre feel.

  • In the soundtrack to Duel (1971) by Billy Goldenberg, the water chimes play a haunting role; listen for the bending metallic sound used in the foreground and then the background.

  • A quick demo of LAPR's water chimes.

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.