Letting Goldfish Play Glasses

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Letting Goldfish Play Glasses

What if we released our control over music and put it in the hands (fins?) of goldfish? This was Henry Chu’s idea when he conceived Fish Harp. An aquarium with a clear glass lid holds the swimming musicians, and an array of different sized glasses sit on top. Whenever a goldfish swims beneath a glass, a motion sensor triggers a sound sample that mimics the sound that glass would make if a moist finger were dragged across its rim.
This glass harp played by squirmy animals from the deep isn’t the only project worth seeing by Henry Chu. He’s a prolific Hong Kong based interactive artist who works with Ipads, video projection, and other forms of generative art. His site is definitely worth a look.

[via The Creators Project]

4 thoughts on “Letting Goldfish Play Glasses

  1. Zach says:

    Interesting idea. It looks like it’s sitting on top of an LCD though.

  2. Shey Tille says:

    I never heard of this kind of instrument. I think it will be really cool if they can do a live music show using this. Sometimes I use glass kitchen splashbacks to create sounds so now I know that glass can produce cool music too.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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