The Glass Percussion Project
An immersive experience unveiling the hidden sound world of glass
The Glass Percussion Project is a collaborative initiative directed by glass/installation artist Elaine Miles and percussionist/composer Eugene Ughetti. It brings together a series of specialist artists in the disciplines of percussion practice, instrument building, musical composition, sound and light design, installation, studio glass and performance.
This project researches, develops and presents the interaction between glass and sound, refining and expanding the possibilities of sound installation and performance, simultaneous musical instrument and visual art objects within a family of glass percussion instruments.
From within installations of glass percussion instruments, live performances, soundscapes amplified in surround-sound and interactive experiences converge around themes of air, water and divine melody.
The experience is a holistic interplay between sight, sound, light and movement. Presentations vary between seated performances, gallery installations and more complex interactive environments.
Installations feature hand-blown glass percussion instruments, many made of crystal, of over 300 gongs, 100 bowls, 160 goblets, 50 maracas, 60 udu drums, various wind-chimes, bars, bells and a collection of suspended sheets and shards.
Performances include a selection of elite percussion soloists with live electronic manipulation of the sound and diffusion through a network of speakers throughout the space.
Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott
Elaine Miles (design & glass sculpture)
Myles Mumford (sound diffusion)
Richard Vabre (lighting design)
Melbourne Federation Square Atrium