Daniel’s harp was developed to facilitate playing in three ways: vertically, like a harp, horizontally, like a zither. It also features a a bass resonating string at the rear to be plucked or struck with a beater.
A team of Joy of Sound volunteers worked closely with Daniel and his support network over several months so that he could refine the design goals which stemmed from the types of sound that he wanted to make and the playing actions he prefers. Once the broad concepts were outlined we brought in designer Natalie Williams.
The decoration by Ian Burrows was guided by the Daniel’s own preferences for colours and things like iconic images of his favourite soccer team.
Follow this link to see a full presentation of the instrument development process.