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The Zadar Sea Organ

The 3000 year old city of Zadar, Croatia (Google Maps) is the home to a very unique musical instrument and work of architecture – an organ that is played by the ocean.

A series of 35 tubes rest beneath the wide steps of white marble that lead downward into the water. When the tide crashes into the steps, it forces air through these tubes, which creates random pitches determined by the force of the waves. The result is random harmonic music in an eternal performance that is never repeated.

First opened to the public in 2005, the sea organ is a welcome improvement to Croatia’s shores, which were damaged by conflict during World War II. You can hear samples of the organ at Oddmusic (MP3) and Wikipedia (OGG), and even purchase a CD of sea organ music at

Find out more: Sea Organ home page | Oddmusic | Wikipedia