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The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby ai4i » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:32 pm

Recently came across this lost classical instrument, a tonal cross between a flute, a theremin, and the transporter in Star Trek: The Original Series. More commonly known as the Glass (h)armonica, it has been around for hundreds of years and was incorporated by many of the great Classical and Romantic era composers and may have been improved upon by Ben Franklin. Sound is produced in the same way as when one runs a wet finger around the top of a wine glass.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby dai bread » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:46 pm

It suits you signature perfectly.

I've come across articles about this instrument before, but I've never heard one. Have you got an audio link?
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby ai4i » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:24 am

dai bread wrote:Have you got an audio link?

an audio Link
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby dai bread » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:09 pm

Thanks for that. I shall investigate further when the engine outside has stopped and I can hear the armonica properly.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby barfle » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:57 pm

I'm pretty sure Beethoven radio has a recording of the glass armonica. I know Eric Michaels used to play it.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby jamiebk » Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:37 pm

Well that was just pretty damn cool. I always assumed that the music was made only on glass stemware.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby piqaboo » Wed Aug 05, 2009 1:27 pm

Those Mozart pieces do sound better on the original target instrument!
They're a bit 'chirpy' on a piano.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby Giant Communist Robot » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:55 pm

piqaboo wrote:Those Mozart pieces do sound better on the original target instrument!
They're a bit 'chirpy' on a piano.


target is better than k-mart
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby ai4i » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:09 pm

I wonder how loud this thing is or was.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby piqaboo » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:14 pm

Giant Communist Robot wrote:
piqaboo wrote:Those Mozart pieces do sound better on the original target instrument!
They're a bit 'chirpy' on a piano.


target is better than k-mart

I beg to differ. Different, not better.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby piqaboo » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:14 pm

ai4i wrote:I wonder how loud this thing is or was.

per the article, less loud than a piano.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby ai4i » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:12 pm

piqaboo wrote:
ai4i wrote:I wonder how loud this thing is or was.

per the article, less loud than a piano.

So, it is unlouder than the pianisimo of a piano?
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby dai bread » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:39 pm

It should be capable of a fairly decent loudness. You can get a lot of noise from a crystal glass.
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Re: The Hydrocrystalophone

Postby piqaboo » Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:58 pm

ai4i wrote:
piqaboo wrote:
ai4i wrote:I wonder how loud this thing is or was.

per the article, less loud than a piano.

So, it is unlouder than the pianisimo of a piano?

Its pianissimo is probably unlouder than the pianissimo of a piano, anyway.

What Dai said....

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