08.07.2009

Glass

Posted by AJ Harbison at 4:08 pm

I was working along my merry way the other day, helping an employee move from one cubicle to another (I’m doing double duty with data and IT these days), when I heard a loud crash coming from the kitchen. Naturally, I went to investigate; it turned out that the receptionist had been trying to put some plastic cups away in a cabinet, and the shelf was missing a peg, so it slipped and although she caught it she was unable to catch the eight wine glasses that had been sitting on it, so they slid down and crashed onto the floor. She was a little shaken up, so I volunteered myself to sweep up the kitchen. I noticed that as I was sweeping, the glass made some very pretty twinkling sounds as I moved it around; the bigger the shard of glass, the lower the pitch of its sound. This shouldn’t have surprised me, I guess, but I enjoyed listening to the sound of the glass as I swept it up. And it was interesting to observe a bit of beauty coming out of such disorder and chaos. (Hmm, sounds like there could be a metaphor for life in there somewhere…)

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    Idhrendur on 08.10.2009

    For years I’ve wanted to use the sound of breaking galss (also the sound of broken glass) as a musical instrument. It’s beautiful, if destructive.

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    Ryan Fleming on 08.11.2009

    Glass is a unique material with interesting properties. The different frequencies and harmonics that glass can produce is very cool.

    Reading this reminded me of a cool video I saw on psychoacoustics. There is a software instrument called Omnisphere by Spectrasonics that was made in a completely different way than most samplers/synthesizers. The Spectrasonics team took unique and different objects and recorded them in various ways (in cathedrals, with swirling microphones, etc…) and then turned these samples into amzing sounding instruments. They’re goal was to take organic sounds that were completely natural and bring out the “hidden” frequencies to unveil new types of sounds.

    I think you should take a look at the video on their website http://www.spectrasonics.net/instruments/omnisphere_videos.php in particular video 3 on psychoacoustic sampling. Maybe you could post your thoughts about it. It seems like this is a perfect fit for TLB because they take the natural sounds in life and turn them into increadible sounding instruments.

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