December 30, 2011

The Glass Harp.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 11:05 pm

I am captivated by the haunting sounds of the glass harp, which are created by rubbing one’s fingers around the rims of glasses filled with the amount of water necessary to produce a particular pitch.

I was wondering what goes in to adding just the right amount of water to each of the glasses. Ya gotta love the internet, because my question was answered in the video below.

I gather that in 1761 Benjamin Franklin didn’t want to take the time to put water in all those glasses, so he invented the glass harmonica, which you can see being played here.


  1. Now that, is WAY TOO COOL!

    Comment by Yabu — December 31, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  2. Also used with great effect by Pink Floyd in place of the usual synthesizer intro to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” in this live concert.

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely wife and family, Jim.

    Comment by gregor — December 31, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  3. Have no idea why I can include the link in the comments, so just Google:
    Shine On You Crazy Diamond – David Gilmour live @ Gdansk 2006
    It’s quite stirring.

    Comment by gregor — December 31, 2011 @ 9:14 am

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