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24 October 2017, 13:29
This incredible string instrument looks like it’s carved from ice – but it’s actually made of glass.
Cellist Jesse Ahmann was getting fed up of playing his regular cello, so he thought he’d give something else a whirl.
He got in touch with Gary Word, an artist and musical instrument maker who creates glass instruments – and asked him to make a glass cello for him to play.
Using a loop pedal and regular cello bow, the sound the cellist creates is unbelievably eerie. Though the timbre isn’t as rich as what is produced by a hollow wood frame, the slightly thinner sound is epically spine-tingling on the harmonic notes of his improvisation.
Plus, fair play to Jesse – we can’t even imagine how heavy that thing must be to carry around…
Now, enjoy this musician (Beanzo) play Bach’s The Art of Fugue on glass beer bottles: