| About Harmony Boom
Harmony Boom Island existed only in fairy tales and legends: a mystic island that moved about the world, enticing heroes and explorers to its shores in search of treasure, adventure, or both. However, the island was found to be all too terrifyingly real when it appeared suddenly in the Puget Sound in 2012. It was, of course, an overnight sensation, appearing on all the nightly news programs, but disappeared back into the ocean before a reality TV show could materialize.
Possibly the most disturbing part of Harmony Boom Island’s appearance was the confirmation of what top government agents had always feared: that the brilliantly mad scientist Dr. Lara Jagwit had NOT been eaten by bears, but was in fact living on the island. There, she had evidently continued her insane genetic experiments, creating several new species, intent on using them to destroy the world or maybe just to re-enact her favorite episodes of The Price is Right.
Excerpt from Joseph Campbell’s seminal work on mythology, Crazy Myths and Stuff I Heard at the Bus Stop
, published in 1980.
Harmony Boom Island
Numerous myths and stories have included the "floating island" concept— a mystical place that either appears and disappears at random or is on the back of a sea monster, usually a large whale. Probably the oldest of these stories is that of the Isle of Harmony Boom. According to legend, Harmony Boom is a large landmass on the back of a semi-aquatic monster who trolls the seas, and occasionally crosses the land on giant spindly legs. Atop the back of this creature is a dense forest and, usually something of a village surround a large stone structure. The structure varies based upon which culture’s mythology the island appears in. During the myth’s heyday in the middle ages, it was typically a castle, which is the predominant view people still take of the island today. But to the Mayans, rising from the forest was a pyramid. To the Greeks, a large temple similar to the Parthenon, which heroes would venture to in order to gain favor with the gods. Typically, the village and castle or structure are empty of people, and there is usually an air of "waitfulness" inherent in these stories, that the right adventurer or ruler will eventually find the place and make it their own.
Albrecht Durer’s famous etching of the mythical Harmony Boom Island
The most startlingly consistent portion of this myth is the island’s name, Harmony Boom. Throughout all cultures in which the myth appears, the name is some variation on this, a musical reference followed by some strange onomatopœiac sound consistent with a large explosive noise. None of the myths that have survived to us have ever carried any explanation for this name. Cultural historians assume that the island emits some kind of music, similar to the pied piper or the sirens, which draws the attentions of whoever it passes near. Another notable feature of the island is that while it is usually only ever referred to as a "wandering island," several of the myths do note that it is NOT an island, but a great beast capable of crossing land when it wants to, striding across continents on long tapered legs.
Though not technically a standalone myth in and of itself, the Harmony Boom Island has appeared in such a wide variety of myths from around the world that its presence in our collective cultural memory cannot be discounted. Be it Chinese, European or Meso-American, Harmony Boom or some synonymous island is one of mankind’s more well-traveled myths. In interviews, George Lucas has even cited the island as the concept for his "Death Star" in the popular Star Wars movie series.