Radical Glass Music #5

Man Ray, Ce que manque à nous tous, 1969

The Radical Glass Music series (#1|#2|#3|#4) collects examples of creative use of glass in music from contemporary composers or sound artists, with emphasis on 18th century-type spirit of discovery and magical sounds. Healing properties are not forgotten, as this kind of music is remarkably suitable during a headache, for instance, as this writer experienced!

01 Edgardo Rudnitzky & Jorge Macchi Twilight (20:32)
02 Yatri Highland Muse (4:19)
03 Steve Roden Bell Is The Truth (Berlin) (16:04)
04 Josef Anton Riedl Glas-Spiele (excerpt) (11:59)
05 Federico Fellini E La Nave Va (2:25)
06 Gunner Møller Pedersen Glasmusik II (15:14)
07 Russell Leach & Don Campau Glass Source (2:27)

Total time 73:00
Compiled by Continuo, 2011
Photo: Man Ray, Ce que manque à nous tous, 1969 (source)


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01 Edgardo Rudnitzky & Jorge Macchi Twilight (20:32)

Edgardo Rudnitzky & Jorge MacchiEdgardo Rudnitzky & Jorge Macchi

Commissioned by the Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies, Twilight was a 2006 performance for glass armonica and Max/MSP software, by contemporary artists Rudnitzky & Macchi, part of the former’s Light Music series. In this serene, dense accumulation of glass sounds, a computer playback system interacts with the armonica player, Alasdair Malloy. Sound file from this page.

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02 Yatri Highland Muse (4:19)

Yatri, Crystal SpiritYatri (Kathryn Taussig)

Yatri is Canadian pianist Kathryn Taussig’s 1996 glass armonica project. Her instrument was build by Gerhard Finkenbeiner, who famously build German interpret Bruno Hoffman‘s armonica in the early 1980s, thus contributing to a revival of 18th century glass music. Sound file from website.

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03 Steve Roden Bell Is The Truth (Berlin) (16:04)

Steve Roden, Bell Is The Truth (Berlin)Steve Roden, Fulgurites

This soundtrack to a film installation is based on light bulbs and bells sound samples, reconfigured by Steve Roden into a hypnagogic soundscape of tintinabulating and resonating sounds. From the 2003 CD on Semishigure/ Bottrop-Boy. Unrelated picture above from Roden’s Fulgurites 2004 installation.

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04 Josef Anton Riedl Glas-Spiele (excerpt) (11:59)

Zeitgenössische Musik In Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, #8Josef Anton Riedl

One of the two existing versions of Glas-Spiele, or Glass Games, 1974-77, a collective composition for glass tubes exploring the percussive properties of glass. From #8 of the Zeitgenössische Musik In Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland series of LPs. Performers include: Florian Tielebier-Langenscheidt, Johannes Göhl, Lorenzo Ferrero, Michael Hirsch, Robyn Schulkowsky and Stefan Gabanyi, under the direction of Riedl. Source: Avant Garde Project #1.

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05 Federico Fellini E La Nave Va… (2:25)

Federico Fellini, E La Nave Va...E La Nave Va... (screenshot)

In this famous scene from Fellini’s film E La Nave Va… (1983), a group of musicians and conductors seem to improvise on Franz Schubert’s Six Moments Musicaux No.3, 1828, originally for solo piano. One source claims the music was recorded by virtuoso glass player Bruno Hoffman and arranged by Nino Rota. Glass music doesn’t come more magical than this. Sound from DVD.

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06 Gunner Møller Pedersen Glasmusik II (15:14)

Gunner Møller Pedersen, GlasmusikGlasmusik graphic score

In 1991, Danish composer Perdersen was commissioned a piece for the Ebeltoft Glass Museum, to be played as a permanent installation in the museum’s rooms. The glass sound samples and programming were produced at the Danish Institute of Electro-acoustic Music in Aarhus and premiered in the museum in 1993. From the 1994 Winter Garden CD.

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07 Russell Leach & Don Campau Glass Source (2:27)

Russell LeachDon Campau

On their 2011 Inside/Outside project, Californians Russel Leach (l) and Don Campau (r) use a variety of small percussion, traditional instruments and sampler to create exquisite otherworldly tracks with exotic resonances typical from West Coast musicians. Their instrumentation includes glass percussion and ringing glass, as is the case on this unreleased track from the same sessions. Thanks to Don for this one.

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24 Responses to “Radical Glass Music #5”

  1. 1 Matt October 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Another great post!

  2. 2 Gautam October 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

    wow thats realy nice

  3. 3 jim October 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    … Rota made exquisite use of glass harp tonalities for the title of Fellini’s Casanova, O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia. I think I can recommend that one to you; I’d personally rate it as the most beautiful thing he did. Anyways: thanks heaps!

  4. 4 continuo October 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for your comments, folks! I’ll definitely have a look at Casanova, Jim, as I’ve been watching several Fellini films recently and found them enchanting. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. 5 Jan October 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I really love these series: to peacefully fall asleep, too. Many thanks!! And thanks for the new links for inspiration!


  6. 6 continuo October 19, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Hi, Jan. Glad to know you fell under the glass music spell too.

  7. 7 John Hails (@harmonyharmony) October 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Downloading now, and very much looking forward to these!
    Thanks for posting them.
    [terrible pun] Has anyone ever performed any Philip Glass on glass harmonica? [/terrible pun]

  8. 8 continuo October 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

    The prospect of anyone playing Glass music on glass instruments seems hopelessly unexciting.

  9. 9 soundhead October 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Excellent!! Thank you!

  10. 10 continuo October 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    You’re welcome. See you next year for vol. #6!

  11. 11 Royal Bobcat October 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this wonderful selection. I am enjoying it immensely along with all the other gems I have downloaded from your site. A treasure trove of knowledge and pleasure.

  12. 12 continuo October 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you very much, Ian. I wish you many more finds on this blog.

  13. 13 Peter December 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I am not sure what to make of this, but I would like to sample it, so I am going to start with the Glass Orchestra tracks.

    Mozart wrote for the Glass Harmonica, and that was wonderfully eerie.

  14. 14 continuo December 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Welcome to the enchanting world of glass music.

  15. 16 continuo December 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Interesting program.
    For the record, I’m not related to “Klara Continuo”!

  16. 17 Jan December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    They are to you, no doubt! :-)

  17. 18 Jason January 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Any chance of a re-up on this one, sir? All the links are dead due to governmental shenanigans, “server maintenance”, or just plain deleted.

    The rest of the series has been very enjoyable and educational so I’m looking forward to hearing this edition.

  18. 19 continuo January 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

    This link still works.
    Thanks for your interest.

  19. 20 Jason January 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks, but it doesn’t work for me. I hit the regular download button (not “Gold”) and it takes me to

    “Такого файла не существует или он был удален из-за нарушения авторских прав. “

  20. 21 Peter March 10, 2012 at 3:20 am

    What about Glazunov on the glass harmonica?

    I jest, but I like this stuff.

    Thanks for taking the trouble and care to post it.

  21. 22 continuo March 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Hi, Peter. I’m not aware of any glass music by Glazunov. If you could send me the name of the piece, I would be grateful. Thanks for your comment.

  22. 23 Peter March 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Sorry to disappoint (if you’re not outflanking me in legpulls), but the *Glazunov* was just a joke – following up someone’s proposal of glass music by P Glass (above).

    Apologies if I raised false hopes, congratulations if you have beaten me at “straight-face poker”.

    More importantly, the second and third lines of my previous post were entirely serious.

  23. 24 Jason March 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Sorry to beat a dead donkey, but any possibility of a re-up? All links are completely, certainly, 100% flatlined.

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