The sound of Poemophone: BlueBird is characterized by a pronounced rattle.  Resonance varies with shorter duration in general than other Poemophones.  The keys are sturdy to pluck and require hand strength.  The sounding board and feet are carved from a single piece of cherry.  As with each of the Poemophones, the keys are hand forged steel.

Poemophone: BlueBird is made with the QWERTY keyboard.  The layout of the keyboard is structured as follows:

The Poemophone keyboard arrangement is modeled after that of a typewriter, with three rows of keys running in parallel tiers horizontally across the sound board.  The key arrangement on BlueBird is divided into a left and right manual, each having a separate bridge and crossbar.  The two bridges incline upwards towards the outer edges of the instrument, laying diagonal within the rectangle of the sound board.  This arrangement places higher pitched tones at the center and lower pitched tones toward the outer edges of the keyboard.

To listen to sound samples please click on the links below.

The alphabet played on BlueBird:


The word ‘poemophone’ played on BlueBird:


Playing the left and right outer keys on the keyboard of BlueBird:

Left & Right outer keys random play

Playing the middle of the keyboard:

Middle keys random play

Playing the bottom row of keys from left to right:

Bottom Row

Playing the middle row of keys from left to right:

Middle Row

Playing the top row of keys from left to right:

Top row

Check out how artist team Peter Suchecki and Lauri Twitchell composed and performed with BlueBird at these links:

the Cacophonous Collaboration & Reading Series

Soft, sweet whistles

scores and scores of scores

BlueBird meditation

field recordings

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