The Omstrument

 

A unique fusion of the harp, guitar, dulcimer, strumstick, and tanpura.

Created by Jack Haas. omstrument.com

 

the most recent manifestation:

the omstrument: harp, guitar, longneck dulcimer, strumstick, and tanpura

the omstrument: harp, guitar, longneck dulcimer, strumstick, and tanpura.

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the omstrument: harp, guitar, longneck dulcimer, strumstick, and tanpura, also tenor ukulele, with Jack Haas

   

 

 

"The Omstrument came to me in the same way that most of my creations have come to me- through a series of dreams, intuitions, ideas, and divine inspirations. The cosmos is ever creating new vibrations, as well as new assimilations and fusions of existing vibrations. And when there is an opening for a new event- a new vibration- to manifest into this realm, the artist then becomes as if pregnant with the force by which the inspiration will be birthed into this world.

     I have felt such labour pains, during the sublime gestation of this instrument, perhaps more than during any of my other creations. What began as a slim idea on how to build another form of 'harp-guitar'- an idea which had very little resemblance to the final instrument- became a foetal novelty attempting to grow within, and then come out of me. And now that it has finally emerged, I feel as if the infant has only begun to scream, and here I am, leaning over the cradle, a new parent, trying to learn how to help it sing."

     Jack Haas, April/2009

 

 

Jack Haas' website

Spirit and Flesh.com  

 

 

View all the omstrument videos at:

http://www.youtube.com/iconoclastpress

 

 

 

 

Below are some omstrument videos which display the instrument's various tunings and rhythms:

 

Omstrument video #1: the initial stages of getting to know and experience it. This is the inaugural video.

 

 

Omstrument video #7. This is the first omstrument video in which I am using the guitar in a more 'guitar-like' style.

 

 

Omstrument video #9. Here the harp is tuned in oriental style, the guitar has a third fret capo, and the dulcimer has a fourth fret capo, giving another uniquely eastern mix of sounds.

 

 

Omstrument video #11: Softly comes the Soul

 

 

Omstrument video #12: Kyoto in Springtime. The harp is in oriental tuning, the guitar has a 3rd fret capo, and the dulcimer has a 5th fret capo. This combination gives a far eastern tone to the omstrument.

 

 

Omstrument video #16: Tokyo Soundscape. The harp is in oriental tuning, the guitar has a 3rd fret capo, and the dulcimer has a 2nd fret capo. This combination gives another far eastern tone to the omstrument.

 

 

Omstrument video #18: Cosmic Acceptance. A little more ability coming along.

 

view all the omstrument videos at: http://www.youtube.com/iconoclastpress

 

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Books by Jack Haas

 

 

Autobiography/Spirituality/Travel

 

 

 

autobiography wilderness Canada book

IN AND OF: memoirs of a mystic journey

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973100710, $16.00 paperback, $6.00 ebook

 

The highly acclaimed, modern autobiographical account of Jack Haas’ journey from the claustrophobic city, to the primitive wilderness of coastal British Columbia, California, and Alaska, and into the uncharted regions of the soul. This is a true tale of adventure, misadventure, wonder, struggle, mysticism, and miracles. It is a journey into rare experiences, and it is a journey home. 

 

 

 

 

Read opening pages or purchase this book at one of these amazon stores:

USA:  amazon.com/In&Of     Canada: amazon.ca/In&Of     UK: amazon.co.uk/In&Of  

Or purchase this book directly from the publisher, here.  

 

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spiritual book, travel, bearded hairy man in Hawaii

ROOTS AND WINGS: adventures of a spirit on earth

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973100745, $16.00 paperback, $6.00 ebook

 

A rapturous saga, relating the author’s unique experiences while out and about in “this crazy, beautiful, impossible world”, as he describes it. As much as this autobiography is an outer adventure, it is also an inner odyssey. This is a true story about the necessity to belong both to the earth, and to the spirit, and so to have both roots and wings. 

 

 

 

 

 

Read opening pages or purchase this book at one of these amazon stores:

USA:amazon.com/Roots     Canada: amazon.ca/Root     UK: amazon.co.uk/Roots

Or purchase this book directly from the publisher, here.  

 

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travel India book

OM, BABY! a pilgrimage to the eternal self

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973467711, $16.00 paperback, $6.00 ebook

 

This is both a remarkable journey through sacred India, and a pilgrimage to the immortal self. Jack Haas undertakes what would become a life-altering visit to the spiritual centers of Hinduism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. His path eventually leads him to the absolute union of spirit and flesh, and to the inextinguishable Tao running through all of life.  

 

 

 

 

 

Read opening pages or purchase this book at one of these amazon stores:

USA: amazon.com/Om     Canada: amazon.ca/Om     UK: amazon.co.uk/Om

Or purchase this book directly from the publisher, here.  

 

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spirituality and religion book

TRANSFIGURATION: the union of spirit and flesh

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973467738, $39.00 paperback, $15.00 ebook

 

Uniting Paganism and Christianity, Eastern and Western spirituality, and cosmic consciousness with earthly existence, this is the collector's edition containing Jack Haas' three autobiographical works within one volume (IN AND OF, ROOTS AND WINGS, and OM, BABY!) Although each book is an independent work, the three together comprise a most unique journey. A truly profound spiritual autobiography.

    

Purchase this book directly from the publisher using this link, $39.00: buy now.  

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Comparative Religion/Mysticism

 

 

world religion book

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973100702, $18.00 paperback, $6.00 ebook

 

An inspiring exploration of the mystery of our existence. Jack Haas uniquely assimilates many different spiritual paths, world religions, and secular philosophies, and leads the reader into the experience of mystic wonder. This is a book devoted to the miracle, awe, and beauty in all life. It is a book about the rapture of unknowing.  

 

 

 

 

 

Read opening pages or purchase this book at one of these amazon stores:

USA: amazon.com/Wow     Canada: amazon.ca/Wow     UK: amazon.co.uk/Wow

Or purchase this book directly from the publisher, here.     

 

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Poetry/Metaphysics

 

 

poetry book

THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings,

by Jack Haas, ISBN 0973100753, $14.00 paperback, $6.00 ebook

 

An inspiring collection of Jack Haas’ metaphysical poetry, transformational drawings, and esoteric insights metaphorically conveying the soul’s journey through life, and subtly expresses the dream nature of all reality. This is a poetic dance into the substratum of our sublime selves, and into the twilight realm of the dream of being. 

 

 

 

 

Read opening pages or purchase this book at one of these amazon stores:

USA: amazon.com/Dream     Canada: amazon.ca/Dream     UK: amazon.co.uk/Dream

Or purchase this book directly from the publisher, here.  

 

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Visionary Art

 

Visionary digital art, painting, mandala, Art is AlchemyART IS ALCHEMY: express yourself to become yourself

by Jack Haas

8.5" × 11"  large-format full colour book: $19.95

 

This is a collection of 46 of Jack Haas' most striking and inspiring visionary art pieces. The book includes paintings, digital art, mandalas, and line drawings.

Read the introduction: Preview: digital art paintings etc.

 

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View and purchase high quality individual prints here

 

book author Jack Haas, artist, photographer

 

Reviews of books by Jack Haas:

"...very strongly recommended reading..." The Midwest Book Review 

"Few like Jack Haas go the whole hog. ...eminently readable." Nandakumar Nayar (bookreview.com)

"...the voice crying out in the wilderness, bravely, madly, tenderly, ironically...so densely, so wondrously well." Jonathon Kerslake (editor, Lived Experience)     

"The Kerouac of the new millennium." Frank Wolf (extreme adventurer and author of Blind Bay)    

"...a glorious illumination of our spiritual birthright." Benjamin Tucker (author of Roadeye)     

"Jack Haas delivers a wonderful message." Judine Slaughter (Express Yourself Books)

"...stunning and poetic..." dog-eared-bookreviews.com

"...groundbreaking..." Joann Turner (The Messenger)

 

 

 

 

 

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other writings

 

 

Art by Jack Haas

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digital art / fractal art: The Splendor Kingdom of Harmony and Oneness, by Jack Haas

The Splendor Kingdom of Harmony and Oneness

 

Jack Haas related sites:

Jack Haas' website

Spirit and Flesh.com

 

 

Other unique musical instrument sites:

Atlas of Plucked Instruments

Harp Guitars.net (check out the luthier's section)

Odd Music

 

The Omstrument

A unique fusion of the harp, guitar, dulcimer, strumstick, and tanpura.

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