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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
The Sound of Glass: Creating Music ThroughScience

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This poster, created by the students of UNCA’s Music Theory Club, demonstrates the process of tuning water glasses to specific pitches, as directed by composer Ēriks Ešenvalds for his choral piece “Stars”. Our display includes detailed procedural guidelines for tuning glasses, information about the nature of the overtone series and its relationship to tuned glasses, the physical properties of glass as they relate to its resonant capacity, historical background regarding the application of the overtone series in music theory, quantitative data comparing volume of water in a glass to its fundamental resonant frequency, as well as qualitative data discussing the practicality of performing with tuned glasses. These data were obtained during the preparation for our performance.
In presenting this poster we seek to examine the meaningful connections that exist between music making and the physical sciences. Inquiry into the nature of sound as a physical phenomenon affords insight into how it can be organized by human agents into expressive artifacts of culture. Using tuned water glasses as a case study, our poster demonstrates the existence of an oft-ignored dualism at the heart of sound-art: the parallel nature of music as artistic expression and as physical manipulation of the natural world.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Wilma Sherrill Center - Concourse