This handmade forest xylophone plays Bach - and it's just about the most beautiful thing ever

4 November 2015, 16:54

A tranquil Japanese woodland and one of Bach's most gorgeous melodies. What more could you want?

A few years ago, Japanese telecommunication company Docomo created one of the most beautiful adverts we've ever seen. 

Director Morihiro Harano and sound artist Kenjiro Matsuo built a natural instrument in the middle of a lush forest. Their creation featured hundreds of different sized pieces of wood, each sounding an individual note. A wooden ball then cascades down the structure, with every note of a Bach masterpiece resonating. Cue spine-tingling beauty. 

The instrument plays 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring', the final movement to JS Bach's famous cantata 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben' BWV147. The amazing instrument is made by hand from 100% raw materials and the video contains no special effects.

We think it's just stunning.

That was recorded five years ago. The phone now looks very dated, but the 300-year-old cantata sounds as fresh as ever. That tells you something. 

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