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Ben has a bad day [disquiet0003-glass]

all n4tural on January 21, 2012 21:17

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    date: Jan 21, 1761
    instrument: armonica, early prototype ( ;
    live processing: SuperCollider v. 0.0000000000000000000000344 (nightly build) ( (also: SuperCollider )
    post-processing: normalized with Audacity ( ;

    for Disquiet Junto #3:
    The third Disquiet Junto project is "The Expanded Glass Harp" and its deadline is this coming Monday, January 23, at 11:59pm. That means 11:59pm wherever you are.

    This project is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, after whose Junto Society our little group was named.

    In an effort to expand and refine the glass harp, Franklin developed his own lathe-like glass harmonica, which he called the "armonica." Marie Antoinette took lessons on it and Beethoven composed for it, but Franklin's invention proved expensive and fragile, and it had a limited lifetime. And it may have given its frequent users lead poisoning.

    You are not being asked to build a Franklin armonica. But like Franklin, we are going to expand on the glass harp. In our case, we are going to do so digitally.

    You're being asked to use the more common instrument, the glass harp. That involves the familiar "rubbing the top of a wine glass that has water in it" approach: ;

    The Junto assignment is to record a live performance on the glass harp, and to employ live processing in the performance. There should be no post-production. And there is no length limit for the piece, though I would suggest that anything over 15 minutes may limit the size of your potential audience.


    "Ben has a bad day [disquiet0003-glass]" by all n4tural is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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