The ‘Interstellar’ theme on one of the world’s weirdest musical instruments is spine-tingling
5 January 2021, 13:10
Hans Zimmer’s masterpiece – in an unexpected, but mind-blowingly beautiful, version...
No. In this video (watch above), the Interstellar theme is played on Cristal Baschet.
Cristal Baschet? Yes, we didn’t know either. Read on, dear friend...
A Cristal Baschet (caps deliberate) is a metal and glass organ of sorts – usually 3.5 to 6 octaves, with a total of 56 chromatically-tuned glass rods. The metal frame hosts the rods, and they’re played with the fingertip – which is dipped in water beforehand (some of you may recall dinner parties attempting to produce a ‘tone’ from a wine glass. Similar principle.)
The instrument was developed in 1952 by modernist pioneers Bernard and François Baschet, who experimented with new instruments and musical techniques in the mid-1900s.
The resultant sound has a stunningly eerie, totally mesmerising, and rather fluid-like metallic timbre (i.e. texture the sound makes) – perfect of Zimmer’s awe-inspiring score for the 2014 film.
The performer here is Marc Chouarain – check out Marc and others’ work on the SFL Studio Féerique Live YouTube Channel here. We’re very impressed!