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Paul reminded me with his breaking glass piece that I once played around with multitracking music out of bowing a single wine glass.



To explain things, here's some of the video info.

"There's plenty of (amazing) examples of glasses played percussively or with fingers, but less with bows.

As I was advised by no less a luminary than Alasdair Malloy, trying to get a large range out of a single glass isn't ideal. The clearest sounds come from emptier glasses, so a range of different sizes is best. This would be a concern if I was in any way a competent glass player.

My approach: I first tuned the glass and marked the note levels, then used Logic and midi to map out all the notes available to me (not even an octave - E to C), and then composed under those restrictions. The result was a three-voice vaguely choral piece using C, B, A, G#, G, F, E and D.

I then split the piece into eight lines, one for each note, and recorded them one by one. One or two additional sizes could have made this a lot better, but even so, it's pretty amazing that with a microphone and recording software you can make music with so basic a setup."

Fun experiment, a very unique sound you can - with patience - add to projects for very little money.

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You shouldn't bite your nails :(

just proving I listened all the way to the end :)

Well, good! - and I don't, never have in fact. Got my guitars to think of so I'm always clipping.

Ray said:

You shouldn't bite your nails :(

just proving I listened all the way to the end :)

I think this music induced some synaesthesia in me. I listened to your piece and saw the colour red, then white and a sort of rose colour.....good fun though.

Hi Dave - 

This was very cool, experimental wise. I think you should have taken it further, if you had the time. You could have pitch corrected each note you sampled from the glass via melodyne / auto tune, then used those pitch corrected samples for the MIDI mapping. 

Or, you could have programmed the samples to a sampler device and then played them with a keyboard, etc - or used more post production to enhance the samples even further. 

However, if the goal was to keep it as organic as possible, you were successful in doing so. The short piece composed from the samples was simple, eerie, and haunting in a charming way. I really liked it. 

But I think there's much, much more potential that could be mined out of this. I may, in fact, conduct a similar experiment when time allows as I never realized I could bow a wine glass. 

It's in my mind as something to do properly but I'd need a lot of patience and a lot of glasses. There's bound to be proper samples of glass armonica somewhere but you're right, none of those possibilities were on my mind. I just for some reason found my mind occupied with the concept of glass bowing. And bowing is far easier than conventional finger-rim style. I'd certainly like to try again but incorporate some of the vibrato I demonstrated into the piece itself, a wasted opportunity I feel.

There's some truly amazing glass players - even taking into account how stunning complete mastery of an instrument is in general, these people are on another level. Check out Hallelujah on Youtube if you have a few minutes.

Anyway - glad you liked it and it stirred some thoughts!

David Lilly said:

Hi Dave - 

This was very cool, experimental wise. I think you should have taken it further, if you had the time. You could have pitch corrected each note you sampled from the glass via melodyne / auto tune, then used those pitch corrected samples for the MIDI mapping. 

Or, you could have programmed the samples to a sampler device and then played them with a keyboard, etc - or used more post production to enhance the samples even further. 

However, if the goal was to keep it as organic as possible, you were successful in doing so. The short piece composed from the samples was simple, eerie, and haunting in a charming way. I really liked it. 

But I think there's much, much more potential that could be mined out of this. I may, in fact, conduct a similar experiment when time allows as I never realized I could bow a wine glass. 

I didn't get this joke until 2 hours after you made it. No point whining though. It's a drop in the ocean. Apparently those are the extent of my wine punning abilities.

Mike Hewer said:

I think this music induced some synaesthesia in me. I listened to your piece and saw the colour red, then white and a sort of rose colour.....good fun though.

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