The Surround Huaca is an acoustic wind instrument built in the Netherlands for the Therapeutic Arts by one of our team members, Hans Houke. It is related to the Huaca (left and right). It is designed to deliver direct three dimensional sound while imparting soothing vibration directly into the skull. Tones on the instrument are tuned using proportional harmony vs. the standard tempered harmony system for a restorative resonance with the central nervous system.
This sound tool can be played by both musicians and non-musicians as the blowing of clay is much easier and accessible than with a silver flute, for example. In that same vein there are just two finger holes per chamber, making it comfortable for most hands, while restricting the pitches available. Restricting the number of notes de-emphasizes melody which is better for sound therapy, as it bypasses the way our musical brain works related to expectations being met or unmet in each moment. Less activity like this translates to a deeper relaxation. The best part for a player is that wherever your fingers fall, simple beautiful chords are produced every time!
The creation of a single small clay instrument with holes (Ocarina) is thousands of years old. It surfaced in many areas of the world including China, Mexico, Peru, and Italy. This instrument has three chambers like the Huaca, which was invented by Sharon Rowell in Berkeley, California 1980. The sound has a primal quality that may calls up our genetic memory of a very distant past.
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