The Tube Xylophone is made of pyrex tubes which have been meticulously tuned, fire polished and strung together. They are played by sliding (glissing) a mallet across them or striking them. They are not placed over any form of resonator box like a traditional marimba or vibraphone but are freely suspended and move with the force of the player. The tubes have been tuned to a quarter tone scale meaning that there are 4 notes instead of 2 notes that make up a western tuning style whole tone. This microtonal aspect creates an eerie underwater sound. The largest Tube Xylophone in the Glass Orchestra's collection is about two ft. wide by three ft. high.
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