The Glass Orchestra 1st LP

LP front coverThe Glass Orchestra ca1978Side ALP back cover

01 A1 (10:01)
02 A2 (3:56)
03 A3 (6:57)
04 A4 (2:33)
05 B1 (7:55)
06 B2 (15:19)

Total time 46:40
LP released by Toronto Music Gallery Editions, 1978

On their first album, Toronto’s Glass Orchestra (members: Paul Hodge, John Kuipers, V. Eric Cadersky, Miguel Frasconi, Marvin Green) explore all the sonic possibilities of glass objects and glass instruments, sometimes with the addition of vocals or water sounds as well. Thanks to the variety of instruments used (incl. glass harmonica, flutes and xylophones, found bottles and objects, etc), the Orchestra is able to produce a large array of sounds, from percussion to whistles, from bowed glass to shaterred glass, from ringing glass to blown into glass. When they started in late 1977, The Toronto Music Gallery was their live venue of choice, but they soon toured worldwide starting 1980. On their first LP, the Glass Orchestra is exploring its unique instrumentarium through improvisations where sonic discovery, unconventional tuning, attention to details and mutual listening are key elements. The philosophical and musical influence of R. Murray Schafer is obvious, yet, contrary to what I thought first, the Glass Orchestra members did not study with him in Toronto and even deny the influence. Yet the Far East and gamelan nuances, the communal playing techniques, the quest for magical sounds, all link the Glass Orchestra to Murray Schafer’s philosphy. On track #6, the Orchestra uses ringing glasses to mesmerizing effect, displaying the magical glass sounds in all their glory. Talking about magic, Schafer notoriously included a transcription of a wolf’s howl in his awesome String Quartet #5, 1989.


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The Glass Orchestra, LP, Music Gallery Editions Number 10
Tales from Siliconesia, 12”, GO-01 (GO=Glass Orchestra records)
Live In Frankfurt, radio broadcast (see Closet of Curiosities)
1989 Human, CD, GO-MUSE Si-02
2000 Girl, Interrupted, film soundtrack
2007 Live From the Archives Vol I, CD, GO
2007 Live From the Archives Vol II, CD, GO

5 Responses to “The Glass Orchestra 1st LP”

  1. 1 trakl95 June 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Thanx a lot for this intresting item…
    and maybe you have this item from the discography ?
    “2000 Girl, Interrupted, film soundtrack”
    it seems very intresting…
    thanx anyway.

  2. 2 continuo June 3, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Sorry, no ‘Girl, Interrupted’ yet. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. 3 Acousmata June 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing this absolutely beautiful music. The glass harmonica is a fascinating instrument (composed for by Mozart, et. al.) and it is wonderful to hear it in such resonant splendor. I am inspired to post some more “glass music” on my blog in the near future…

  4. 4 continuo June 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    There can never be too much glass music around! Thanks for your comment.

  5. 5 malletdiction June 4, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for this one.

    Here’s one that you and your readers may enjoy…

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