Touch the glass rods and feel the sound!
An exciting workshop - lecture for all ages to explore ethics of DIY instrument building and making music with non-traditional DIY instruments along with an insight in history of experimental instruments and their inventors. Participants will learn about reproduction of sound in the instrument and its fundamental parameters will be demonstrated in a hands on experience with Bohemian Cristal Instrument.
The Bohemian Cristal is a one-of-a-kind instrument that participants can explore without any music training, and each person will have the opportunity to play it. In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will experience and learn about this Czech acoustic instrument made from glass and metal, as well as other famous custom-built instruments. This visually stunning instrument, the size of a piano, is the one of the most famous instruments of the Baschet brothers 60 years of experience in developing instruments and sound sculptures. There are only handful of these in the world, and the Bohemian Cristal Instrument is the only one with a unique, vertical design of colorful glass. Its rich sound register can vary from mellow sounds of glass rods to thunder-like resonances of metallic parts, and participants seem to find endless ways to interact with it.
- Ethics of DIY instrument building
- Making music with nontraditional DIY instruments
- Examples of experimental instruments and their inventors (Theremin, Earth Harp, Wintergatan)
- Introduction to the world of sonic sculptures of Baschet Brothers
- Basics of sound reproduction in experimental and classical instruments
Talk (30 minutes)
- Baschet brothers creative history
- Story of conceiving of BCI
- Buying vs. making your instrument, DIY ethics
- Examples of experimental instruments
Interactive Workshop (30 minutes)
Participants will learn about reproduction of sound in classical and DIY instruments and sound’s fundamental parameters (pitch, amplification, vibration, etc.) through a hands-on experience with Bohemian Cristal Instrument. Each attendee will get a chance to play the Cristal.
The goal of this performative presentation is for each person to understand the ethics of DIY instruments and the basics of sound reproduction, and spark an interest in creating non-traditional instruments and sounds. Each participant's imagination flows along with the sounds of this unique instrument, and there are no limits to what they can create with it!
Lenka Morávková is a song writer, sound artist, electronic musician and producer from the Czech Republic. She is touring internationally with her Bohemian Cristal Instrument, electronic project MY NAME IS ANN and exhibiting her interactive installations. Morávková has previously given this informative lecture at many institutions including UCLA, Princeton, the University of Toronto and Indonesia’s SETI and was awarded a VIP Gluck Fellowship at UCR for this work. She has presented this successful workshop to more than 5 000 kids in California.
Morávková has done a TEDx talk, performed at The Broad Museum in Los Angeles and her acoustic video from the blooming desert of California got viral and reached out to more than a million viewers. Her projects has been awarded by various national grants. As an educator, she taught a course on Digital Creativity and Ethnomusicology at Charles University in the Czech Republic, held a teaching assistant position for World Music class at the University of California Riverside and led an Electronic Playground workshop for Instant Acts Against Racism and Violence, with whom she toured over 100 schools and prisons in Germany.
“The children got a real treat during Lenka's workshop. They not only learned about the importance of the DIY ethic, they were also able to actually activate the glass rods and the amplifiers. Lenka had their full concentration when she performed for them, and they were all so excited to 'have a go' on the Cristal Baschet.”
— Christine Leapman, Artistic Director, Gluck Fellows Program of Arts at UC Riverside
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