Listen to the Song of the Wind and Waves – Played by the Incredible Sea Organ of Zadar, Croatia

by Carolyn Sotka

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The Sea Organ. Photo by The Real Croatia.

Located on the shores of Zadar, Croatia, a monotonous sea wall erected after World War II was transformed into the world’s first pipe organ that plays music using wind and waves. Designed by Nikola Bašić in 2005, the architectural instrument has a system of polyethylene tubes and a resonating cavity, underneath a set of large marble steps.

The Sea Organ is 230 ft. long and narrow crevices are carved into the steps that lead to organ pipes. When the waves lap against the steps, air is pushed through the pipes to make enchanting, unrehearsed and gentle sounds – similar to a wind chime.

Check out the video below to hear the songs of the Sea Organ and see how it is configured.

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Video from Jukin Media. 

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The hidden structure of the musical Sea Organ, and the tuning scheme, detailing the chords and musical notes played by the sea. Image from Odd Music.com.

To read about other sea organs, check out the Scuttlefish story Sea Organs of the World. -CS

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