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February 15, 2008

glass music

do they glue the glasses down for this sort of thing? amazing ::

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Posted by: Shelley at February 15, 2008 9:51 AM

Nope....we've seen these guys (glass players) at fairs and such... they can be utterly amazing.

If you ever want to try this, when you are seated at a finer restaurant (AKA, not McD's), take your water glass and drink about half the water or so. Put it down in front of you, dip your finger in it and lightly brush the rim of the glass, moving your finger in a circle along the rim. You might have to press harder or softer, but when you get it just right, the sound will resonate and you will get a tone. Drink a little more water and try it again.

Now, look around you at all the people you've annoyed. :)



Posted by: Jim at February 15, 2008 10:13 AM

A sure way to get RSI.

Posted by: Jason Davies at February 15, 2008 10:46 AM

There was someone who used to do this on the Berkeley campus. I found (and find) it amazing and beautiful.

Posted by: girlie_sportsracer at February 15, 2008 11:18 AM

Wow. This guy should be in the LOA.

Posted by: music lover at February 15, 2008 12:05 PM

isn't it amazing what hands can do?

Posted by: again! at February 15, 2008 12:32 PM

they should create the next harry potter movie soundtrack with just glasses.

Posted by: Alan at February 15, 2008 1:56 PM


Posted by: Meghan at February 15, 2008 7:13 PM

Go figure how some of our path's lead to such unique and interesting passions in life.

This is Ben Franklin's invention - the glass armonica http://library.thinkquest.org/22254/armonica.htm

Posted by: diggersstory at February 16, 2008 12:41 AM

Nice music and... this is really viral video!
p.s. zefrank: come from?

Posted by: Romano at February 16, 2008 2:24 AM

Wow!... when I tried this as a kid it never worked... think I’m gonna have another go

Posted by: Gen at February 16, 2008 12:54 PM

Benjamin Franklin invented the armonica which is based on this principle. The armonica spins glass bowls of various widths in a pan of water. The person plays it by lightly touching the glass bowls as they spin.


Posted by: David W. at February 16, 2008 6:41 PM

that's gotta be a bitch to tune.

Posted by: jake at February 17, 2008 12:20 PM

way, way cool. Ben Franklin invented an instrument using this effect called the "glass harmonica." It was a series of nested glass "bells" mounted on a central shaft, which you turned with a crank. I'm not sure, but I think there may have been a water trough at the bottom to keep the rims wet. I guess it was around long enough to produce one virtuoso, who unfortunately contracted lead poisoning from all the frictional contact with leaded glass.

Posted by: Stan at February 17, 2008 3:46 PM

It has to be a crystal glass or it will not work.

Posted by: Aaron at February 17, 2008 10:32 PM

My wife hates when I do that with my glass, seemingly it is like the whole nails on a blackboard thing to her.

Posted by: Thriftcriminal at February 18, 2008 7:43 AM

The UC Berkeley guy may be the same one who would come perform in downtown Santa Cruz. Stairway to Heaven, etc. He'd say, "Whatever you do, don't throw change!!"

Posted by: Pippi at February 20, 2008 7:17 PM

disfruta estas melodias, que excelencia

Posted by: jhose at March 17, 2008 12:15 PM

Very Impressive! I love how his hands can do. Like playing piano :)

Posted by: Carla at July 24, 2012 4:11 AM

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