The Cristal Baschet: an investigation into the past, present and future

Belton, Samuel George (2013) The Cristal Baschet: an investigation into the past, present and future. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Cristal Baschet is an acoustic instrument developed in France during the early 1950s that produces sound from vibrating glass rods. The instrument has grown in prominence through the course of the 20th century and, as we progress further into the 21st century, is beginning to gain considerable attention from musicians and composers such as Cliff Martinez. This report was written to determine what factors have shaped the development of the Cristal Baschet, past and present, and to determine the position the Cristal may hold in the future. It incidentally provides the first complete study into the history of the unique instrument. The main focuses of the study included an investigation into the acoustic functioning of the instrument, its conception in the 1950s, limitations of the instrument, rise to prominence in the 21st century, and predictions for the future. The study was predominantly constructed using secondary research, including a combination of books, journals, video, audio and web pages. Primary research was also utilised by emailing key advocate of the Cristal, Michel Deneuve. Following the fluctuating successes of the Cristal as part of the family of instruments named the Structures Sonores, results demonstrated that the Cristal’s development as a stand-alone instrument improved significantly by 1970, when the design of the instrument was significantly improved. Results also revealed that, through exposure in Hollywood films, the instrument has gained worldwide commercial acclaim. This study thus concluded that the Cristal Baschet of today is a far cry from the instrument of 1950s France.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 14:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:25

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