View No. 1 of Adam Wilson's Harmonic Canon


View No. 2 of Adam Wilson's Harmonic Canon

Harmonic Canon
Built by Adam Wilson, 1997-98

Adam says: "I got interested in Partch after hearing my first microtonal piece -- a tune for percussion ensemble by Ben Johnston. Shortly thereafter I decided to build the instrument.

The photos show only the "A-set" of strings (parallel to the belly). Since then, I've added the angled set.

I'm going to play the Canon in a collaboratively produced graphic composition here at the University of Illinois in April. I'm using the tuning from Delusion."

If you'd like to discuss more with Adam about his adventures in creating a new Canon, you can reach him at

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