Glass Instruments – From Pitch to Timbre

Frounberg, Ivar and Innervik, Kjell Tore and Jensenius, Alexander R.

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The paper reports on the development of prototypes of glassinstruments. The focus has been on developing acousticinstruments specifically designed for electronic treatment,and where timbral qualities have had priority over pitch.The paper starts with a brief historical overview of glassinstruments and their artistic use. Then follows an overviewof the glass blowing process. Finally the musical use of theinstruments is discussed.