A sampled collection of 3 instruments which generate sound from glass 09/10/09
Soniccouture have announced their latest product, Glass Works which they describe as a fantastic collection of
rare instruments. Here's all the details directly from Soniccouture...
Glass Works is the first SC product to be packaged in Native Instruments' Kontakt Player,
meaning that non-Kontakt owners can enjoy the enhanced scripting and control that
Soniccouture instruments have become renowned for.
Glass Works is a sampled collection of 3 instruments which generate sound from glass :
A bizarre 'sound sculpture' designed in 1952 by Bernard and FranÃ§ois Baschet. It
consists of about 4 octaves of chromatically tuned glass rods, which are rubbed with wet
fingers. The vibration of the glass is passed to a heavy block of metal, which itself is
tuned and in fact determines the final pitch. The entire mechanism is amplified by a
large steel plate, called the "flame". There are also three small fiberglass cones that
amplify the higher frequencies.
THE GLASS ARMONICA
A musical instrument that uses a series of glass bowls or goblets graduated in size to
produce musical tones by means of friction (instruments of this type are known as
friction idiophones ). The instrument was invented by Benjamin Franklin, who called his
invention the "armonica" after the Italian word for harmony. He worked with London
glassblower Charles James to build one, and it had its world premiere in early 1762,
played by Marianne Davies.
CLOUD CHAMBER BOWLS
The Cloud Chamber Bowls are Soniccouture's recreation of an instrument built in the
1950s by maverick American composer Harry Partch. It consists of hanging "bowls"
which are sections of 12-gallon glass carboys. Both tops and bottoms of the carboys are
used. Partch had 14 (later 13) bowls hanging from a large wooden frame he called a
The name "Cloud Chamber Bowls" arose from the fact that Partch found the original tops
and bottoms at a Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley in 1950. The bowls were originally
used for cloud chambers used in tracing paths of subatomic particles.
Pricing and Availability:
Glass Works is available now on DVD and Download, priced GBP 99 / USD 159