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Through a glass lightly : electroacoustic

by Elliott Gyger (2001)

Audio Sample

From the CD Live performance recordings, 2000-2002

Live performance recordings, 2000-2002


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Live performance recordings, 2000-2002 / Elliott Gyger.

Library shelf no. CD 1526 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

through a glass lightly (2001) [concert version]

through a glass lightly, a short electronic study, is a by-product of a recent collaborative installation piece at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. All the source sounds were created using small fragments of aerogel, a kind of glass "foam" which is 98% empty space. Aerogel is extremely light and possessed of remarkable insulating properties, qualities which have seen it used in numerous NASA missions. It is also capable of producing a wide range of beautiful metallic and glassy sounds, although they are originally extremely soft and only reveal their full richness when considerably amplified.

through a glass lightly (2001) [installation]

In addition to aerogel's remarkable scientific properties, it is also capable of producing a wide range of beautiful metallic and glassy sounds, albeit extremely soft. The source material for this installation was created by rubbing together, dropping, breaking, scratching and sweeping around small pieces of aerogel (none larger than an inch or so in any dimension), all recorded under considerable amplification. The results have been assembled into a piece which reflects on the paradoxical nature of the substance, through the creation of immaterial barriers and spaces made of sound.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Electroacoustic (fixed media).

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

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