Juul Koene

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Glassworks

My interest in sound led me to making Glassworks, an installation and performance containing glasses, electronics and speakers. Glasses have been used for making music since the Middle Ages. The first musical instrument made of wine glasses was called the glass harp and was invented around 1750. About 10 years later, Benjamin Franklin invented a mechanical version of this and called it the glass harmonica. Both of these instruments are based on the principle of generating musical tones by means of friction.

I used and amplified this friction through piezos. By catching the vibrations with the computer via a Mini-Bee, I was able to link these vibrations with electronic sounds that I generated in Super Collider. By programming I influenced different parts of the vibrations. Ofcorse what sound but also how loud and the reaction time of the sound. I composed the music and performed my piece at the Hackathon of the University of the Arts in Arnhem.

In the beginning of the video you will first see me practice and after 1 minute 25 seconds you will see a part of the actual performance

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Part of my SuperCollider code.

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