An idiophone, the lithophone is a set of rocks — granite, fossilized coral, petrified wood, and other melodious stones — that are played by striking them. They’ve been made in a variety of forms all around the globe, some from thousands of years ago. Vietnam’s ancient lithophone is called a dan da, and can be seen in the 2014 demonstration above.
Related reading: Petoskey Stone.
Enjoy more of Kaufmann’s twinkling wrenches and bolts on this site: Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel.
This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.
Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.