Radical Glass Music #2

Johannes Vermeer 'Woman With A Pearl Necklace' (c.1662-65)

01 Frédéric Nogray ‘Nekli – #01’ (18:09)
02 Zach Wallace ‘Glass Armonica – #2’ (19:05)
03 Michel Redolfi & Thomas Bloch ‘Ptyx’ (9:46)
04 Angus Maclaurin ‘Drunken Nightmare’ (11:30)
05 Annea Lockwood ‘Mini Mobile’ (2:13)

Total time 60:43
See also Radical Glass Music #1.

Nogray's singing bowls with friendNogray's live set up

  • Frédéric Nogray ‘Nelki #01’ (18:09)
    A track from Nogray‘s 2008 ‘Nelki’ CD on Prêle Records. This is music made entirely on crystal singing bowls, played with a wooden stick I assume. Nogray makes full use of the glasses purity of tone in this extremely restrained track. He could almost be using a sine wave oscillator for that matter. Another striking aspect is the floating quality of glass sounds: they are not grounded, they float. I think the Vermeer painting above has something of these pure colors and  suspended time.

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Zach Wallace's CD coverZach Wallace's glass armonica

  • Zach Wallace ‘Glass Armonica – #2’ (19:05)
    Wallace is a member of Sun Circle duo with Greg Davis. This track comes from a glass armonica CD released by Root Strata in 2009. Wallace apparently build his own version of the glass harmonica whose sound is quite unique, with properties close to a hurdy-gurdy, say – expect more grating sounds than your average Mozart. Some info here and here.

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Screen capture from Ptyx (2004)Michel Redolfi

  • Michel Redolfi & Thomas Bloch ‘Ptyx’ (9:46)
    From a live recording in a Lille swimming pool, France, 2004. Bloch plays Cristal Baschet and glass harmonica, while Redolfi takes care of sound treatment and spatial effects. As this comes from a YouTube video, the stereo effects are unfortunately lost. See this article for more info.

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Angus Maclaurin's Glass Music trayGMusic-front

  • Angus Maclaurin ‘Drunken Nightmare’ (11:30)
    The ‘Glass Music’
    CD by US composer Maclaurin was recorded on tuned glasses, with occasional sampler and vocals and released on the Bubblecore label, 2000.  Maclaurin is interested by the poetry and mystery of glass sounds, building short, atmospheric tracks with unusual density for glass music. He’s also using rerecording, sound treatments and effects in a rather un-dogmatic way for glass music standards that is.

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Annea Lockwood 'Glass World' LP (1970)Annea Lockwood

  • Annea Lockwood ‘Mini Mobile’ (2:13)
    An excerpt from Lockwood‘s landmark ‘Glass World’ LP released on Tangent Records, 1970. The LP is a collection of very short tracks from ephemeral glass sound sculptures including glass rods, sheets or bottles.

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11 Responses to “Radical Glass Music #2”


  1. 1 twinkle July 2, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    mmmmmmm good ★•★•★★•★•★★•★•★★•★•★★•★•★★•★•★

  2. 2 Keith July 14, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Absolutely brilliant – all the glass music is phenomenal – thank you for your work in assembling these comps!

  3. 3 continuo July 14, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Thanks, Keith. Interesting art work on your site. Do you build music instruments as well?

  4. 4 Harps July 18, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Always happy to hear singing glass. As a compulsive glass singer, I’ve been forced by my girlfriend to steer clear of the wine. Always wanted to drop in a straw and see if I could coax a glissando.

    Have you heard Christina Kubisch’s Armonica album? Quite a nice one.

  5. 5 continuo July 18, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for dropping by, Harps.
    To which Kubisch album are you refering to? I’m curious…

  6. 6 Harps July 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I see now how that might not have been clear. It’s titled Armonica. It was the third in a trilogy of pieces that focused on a single sound source. The first used tuning forks, the second incorporated miner bells.

    [Christina Kubisch ‘Armonica’ CD, Semishigure, 2005]

  7. 7 continuo July 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Oh, I see. This is great. Thank you.

  8. 8 Pisces October 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    That video features a composition performed on a cristal baschet entitled “Maneche” by Jacques Lasry & François Baschet. It’s also known as the theme to Picturebox, which was a kids TV programme in the UK.

    Thank you for both volumes of Radical Glass Music!

  9. 9 continuo October 16, 2009 at 3:27 am

    So I guess you foundly remember the theme back from your own childhood. The Baschets can be much more radical than this, though. Thanks for dropping by.

  10. 10 master margherita January 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Aloa :-)
    exelent web site,, realy happy to find you …
    Happy Life !!
    mm

  11. 11 continuo January 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Peace unto you, mm. Thanks for the link on your site.


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