Welcome to the website from Auris-AB
AURIS, is a company based in Sweden, Järna, south of Stockholm.
All instruments we make under the name of Auris are designed by the owner and director Kjell Andersson. We also have people with learning disabilities, who work side by side in our production facilities. 95% of the production is exported all over the world. We do also make products or part of products which are under license of other companies.
The instruments can be used in the most different situations, from musical fun playing with small children, inspires to move and dance or create moods by storytelling. A small child can very easy relate to an instrument of this large size, it corresponds to its state of fine motoric development, the mallets are thick enough not to slip out of the hand even by a hard beat. The tone bars are so wide that the child has no problem hitting the bar it is aiming at. The sound is soft and warm not hearting the little ear.
The pentatonic scale in Music Therapy
These qualities are also useful when you are making music with people with learning disabilities. The small number of tones also makes it easy to orient on the scale. The large size makes it possible to be more than one player at the time, which allows you to guide your fellow player simultaneously on the Amadinda. You can be as many as up to four players at the same time. For this you need some extra mallets. You can also play with sticks made of soft wood directly on the bars; this gives a slightly sharp sound that accentuates the rhythmic effect. Even more emphasised if you play on the short end of the tone bar. This is in fact how the Amadinda is played by its origin inventors, the pygmy people in Africa.
The Auris Amadinda is also used and cherished by professional musicians for its energizing sound that awakes the spirits of song and dance.
THE PENTATONIC SCALE
The Auris pentatonic instruments tunes in a pentatonic scale. This tone combination is called a pentatonic scale. “Penta” means five and that is what we have here, d-e-g-a-h. d and e are once repeated. The pentatonic scale allows you to play freely around the instrument, creating any improvised melody. It will never give you the feeling that you are playing “wrong” – anything is possible. This gives the player the very important experience of “I can” which encourages and brings more joy and lust into the playing. Especially by a rhythmic playing it is important that you do not meet any harmonic obstacles but has a scale that makes you entirely free to flow over the tones. The special thing about the pentatonic scale is that however you play with it, it will always sound good. You can play up and down the scale in any combination of tones and it gives you little sweet melodies all the time. An openly floating scale, that allows you to create music freely without the frustrating struggle with wrong notes or inharmonious sounds.
The experience of the five-tone scale is one of the fundaments in all music. You can find it in ancient and newer folk music, classical pieces as well as in popular music. Children all over the world spontaneously sings it in various ways. It is the very base of the Chinese traditional music.
From infancy up to the third grade, this scale meets the child's inner needs. It is a powerful tool, with which, through games, playing together and listening, the child can learn music in its fullest meaning.
The Auris Amadinda can be completed with more tones; c and f. It is only possible to put seven tones at the time on the instrument but this never the less gives you the opportunity to create more than 20 variations of seven tone scales. Semitones can also be ordered separately. With each Amadinda goes one pair of large, soft rubber mallets that brings out the full warm sound for a percussive playing.
We wish you a lot of fun in playing any of our musical instruments
Auris Musikinstrument AB