Boomkat Product Review:
Dropping a set of unedited performance recordings (not to mention 'H's), Zach Wallace releases a sonic portrait of his homemade Glass Armonica instrument, built from thrift store wine glasses and loosely based on an original design by Benjamin Franklin. These three pieces are documents of the Armonica's participation in an interactive exhibition at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The instrument is sufficiently vast to accommodate twelve players although the contributors are ket to a manageable minimum on this album. You'd imagine the sonds were made by having the assembled personnel running their fingers across the brim of the differently pitched wine glasses, but in truth you really can't detect any sort of human presence on these pieces: their clarion, waifishly transparent tones are incredibly light, as if made by an aeolian harp, and this is a drone record that's quite unlike any other as a result. One comparison you might make is to the large scale sonic sculptures of Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada - there's a similar feeling that you're in the presence of a 'sound machine' rather than a conventional 'instrument + musician' setup. Regardless, the outcome is undoubtedly beautiful, however it came about.