With its distinct ‘popping’ sound, the Temple Block Tree is the latest instrument from Percussion Play that will help promote interest in how sound is created and transformed, whilst providing a fun and unique musical experience.
Inspired by the Muyu or slit drum from eastern Asia, the designers at Percussion Play have sought to create a unique instrument that brings musical play to the next level. Sitting alongside more traditional instruments in Percussion Play’s collection, the Temple Block Tree is an idiophone – an instrument that creates sound through vibrating itself.
Designed as a tree, this instrument is also inspired by nature and provides an opportunity for children and adults to explore how the ‘popping’ sound can be created, whilst being aesthetically pleasing.
With its resonant, durable reinforced polymer blocks in a natural stone color and polished stainless-steel leg, this instrument produces a unique, hollow tone. When struck with the included mallets, each block produces a satisfying ‘popping’ sound. Players can strike the blocks’ top surface or rims to produce a hollow yet bright, penetrating sound, with each block’s internal space functioning as a resonating chamber.