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posted by Grangousier (4 comments total)
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In 1952, Bernard and François BASCHET
reveal a new acoustic principle.
They manage to amplify the internal
vibration of metal, thus founding
a new acoustic instrumental family
The Sound Structures
The instruments they created - especially the Cristal
family of instruments, an astonishing modernist take on the glass armonica
- make a sound that is unusual, beautiful and sometimes slightly scary.
There have been virtuosi of the instrument: Jacques and Yvonne Lasry were its first masters, played today by Thomas Bloch
and Michel Deneuve among others
Ubu-Web have Chronophagie
by Lasry-Baschet available for download.
The instrument was feaured on the soundtrack to Cocteau's Testament of Orpheus
, but it's probably best known (to British people of a particular age, anyway), for providing the (faintly terrifying) theme
to Picture Box
, a schools programme of the 1980s.