Learning By Doing

A photo of the young Eric preparing some of the pyrex tube pieces for the Glass Icicle chimes.The members of the Glass Orchestra could obtain instruments by either finding them in glassware stores at home and on tour, comissioning a professional glass artisan to create an original instrument according to the groups designs, or by making them. In the early years the ensemble built a fair number of their own instruments. Some of these instrument prototypes were considered a sonic success and produced interesting sounds, so they were welcomed into the ensembles growing collection.Other prototypes produced unacceptable or no sound at all and were abandoned or considered a step on the path to a finished instrument.

Since its inception the Glass Orchestra has constantly consumed glass. New instruments are always being brought into the ensemble and older instruments break, sometimes into smaller usable instruments with a more complex harmonic structure. There are not many musicians in the world who can count on the fact that all of their instruments will eventually break. The members have always preferred to have the instruments break during a performance rather than through the rough treatment of careless shippers.

 

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