Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:39:56

Author: --- Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: Music from wine glasses


I had to try this out with my goblets before commenting further. I
could not get anywhere near the sound quality in the videos referenced
earlier. Also could not produce anything audible with quick
strokes. There has to be something else going on behind the scenes or
under the table. Perhaps the glasses are special or the rims are coated or
there is something on their hands or there is amplification, but something
is different.
In the glass harmonica videos, take note of how slowly the notes are
played. The sound takes time to reach its maximum level. The video of
Jamey Turner playing Ode to Joy (link below) is more believeable because
you can see how he spends more time in contact with the glasses, even on
the fast notes. The table shakes quite noticibly with each note. Contrast
that with Tiso's performance which supposedly generates more sound with
less contact, and his more rickety table hardly moves. There has to be
some sort of enhancement going on, either during or after his performance...


At 12/8/2011 12:56 PM, you wrote:
>While I don't know the authenticity of this particular video, I've seen
>many live performances and played with glasses extensively. By rubbing
>perpendicular to the glasses edge, you can get very high attack sounds.
>Check out this video
>Zeke Kossover
>The performer Robert Tiso has a quite impressive bio - it would be hard to
>fake ALL of his reported performances.
>After much thought I believe there is a good possibility that this video
>is indeed not a farse and here is why I say this, although I certainly
>believe that it is healthy to be skeptical about the authenticity of many
>videos on Youtube.
>I have seen a Glass harmonica be played by a musician:
>Has anyone ever seen a glass harmonica played?
>It is very much similar to what is seen in the video - with sufficient
>practice the musician appears to simply use a wet finger to excite the
>frequencies of the variety of diameters of the rotating glass
>cylinders. The Glass harmonica is very similar to a series of stacked
>crystal glasses, only it is rotating. But the skill is the subtle action
>of the finger on the rim of the glass, which can be learned and perfected
>with practice.
>This is only my opinion, and it is risky not be skeptical about many
>videos on Youtube. - Jerry
>Use fine china that is slightly wet, adjusting the amount of water in
>each glass, and with very little practice you can create amazingly
>beautiful music. It's not difficult to see how someone who practices a
>great deal can produce what's in these videos. Grab glass bowls,
>vases, etc., from around the house and give it a try;
>He is leaving out some notes and slowing down the fast sections of the D
>minor Toccata and Fugue, but that is not surprising. It is amazing sound
>and amazing technique,
>Its also not surprising if there are discontinuities in the video. What
>he is doing is not easy. No doubt they just edited out his mistakes and
>replaced them with good sequences,
>Michael Thomason,