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The cristal baschet

The Cristal Baschet is a musical instrument that produces sound from oscillating glass cylinders. The Cristal Baschet is also known as the Crystal Organ and the Crystal Baschet, and composed of 54 chromatically-tuned glass rods. The glass rods are rubbed with moistened fingers to produce vibrations. The sound of the Cristal Baschet is similar to that of the glass harmonica.

The vibration of the glass rods in the Cristal Baschet is passed to a heavy block of metal by a metal stem whose variable length determines the frequency produced (i.e., the note). Amplification is the result of fiberglass cones fixed in a wood frame and a tall cut out metal part, in the shape of a flame. "Whiskers", placed under the instrument to one side, amplify high-pitched sounds.

The Cristal Baschet was created in 1952 by the French instrument makers and artists Bernard and Francois Baschet. The Baschet brothers specialize in creating sculptures that can be "played" to produce music. They also invented the inflatable guitar and the aluminum piano, and created an "educational instrumentarium" for exposing young people to musical concepts.

The Cristal Baschet was developed at the same time as musique concrète (the avant-garde musical style introduced by Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry), electro-acoustic music and early Moog synthesizers. The Cristal Baschet produces music similar in style to these other musical forms, but it is completely acoustic, without any electric amplifying-device.

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Thomas Bloch and cristal Baschet

The Cristal Baschet has been used in several fields, such as ballet music, songs, film music,[1] theater-music, jazz, rock,[2] electronic music,[3] improvisation, tales, and contemporary music.

Other composers who have used the instrument include François Bayle, Thomas Bloch, Michel Deneuve, Luc Ferrari, Cliff Martinez, Guy Reibel, Etienne Rolin, Toru Takemitsu, and Michel Redolfi.

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  1. ^ Music for the film March of the Penguins featured Thomas Bloch playing the Cristal Baschet, the glass harmonica, and the Ondes Martenot.
  2. ^ Tom Waits collaborated with Thomas Bloch playing the Cristal Baschet.
  3. ^ Jean Michel Jarre has used the Cristal Baschet in his electronic music.

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