Monday, July 9, 2012

The Museum of Glass Challenges Bands to Shatter Its Glass

Posted by on Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The Museum of Glass, in a 10th-anniversary party this coming Friday night, is inviting a bunch of local bands to try to break glass using only their music. The bands are: Friends and Family, Nolan Garrett, Joy Wants Eternity, Hot Bodies in Motion, Miles Max and Rumble Pack, and Not from Brooklyn. WHO WILL BREAK THE GLASS?

And what does it take? This is from Scientific American:

Physics suggests that a voice should be able to break glass. Every piece of glass has a natural resonant frequency—the speed at which it will vibrate if bumped or otherwise disturbed by some stimulus, such as a sound wave—as does every other material on Earth. Glass wine goblets are especially resonant because of their hollow tubular shape, which is why they make a pleasant ringing sound when clinked. If a person sings the same tone as that ringing note—a high C in legend but in reality the matching pitch could be any note—the sound of her voice will vibrate the air molecules around the glass at its resonant frequency, causing the glass to start vibrating as well. And if she sings loudly enough, the glass will vibrate itself to smithereens.

"It's possible, but you have to be both good and lucky," says Jeffrey Kysar, a mechanical engineer at Columbia University who studies the different ways in which materials can fracture and fail. "Even if you could excite the cup, that doesn't guarantee it would break. Fracture depends on the size of the initial defects." So in order for a diva to successfully demolish a wine glass, she would have to fortuitously choose one with microscopic defects that are big enough to buckle under pressure.

Here's to exciting the cups, bands. And here's the promo video intended to ignite your smashy desire. Tickets are ten bucks.


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Fnarf 1
I'll be there with my Ella on Memorex.
Posted by Fnarf on July 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
Dougsf 2
So first, we'll need to know what pitch a piece of glass blown into the shape of..errr... a furball a cat vomited into a bowl of liquid nitrogen?

Then, well need MANOWAR's booking info.
Posted by Dougsf on July 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM · Report this
Zebes 3
The natural resonating frequency at which all matter will vibrate into disintegration! is such an theatrically outlandish concept I'm surprised it hasn't been disproven as sci-fi nonsense.
Posted by Zebes on July 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM · Report this
They actually did this on Mythbusters. A guy from a hair metal band was able break more than one wine glass with his shrieking falsetto.
Posted by Westside forever on July 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
Ever notice that the wine-glass--breaking stories seem to largely date from the 19th Century? I know that they had some great glass-blowers then, but I think it quite possible that the ingredients and temperature control that were common for mediocre ones were below the current mediocre level, producing glasses that were easier for anything to shatter.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on July 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
I want to see some Mariners challenge it ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM · Report this
malcolmxy 7
If they get to use amplification, it's not that tough...with shitty, standard, consumer glass.

With he thick, irregular glass at the museum, I'm guessing it is a bit more difficult.

Fun idea for a promotion, though. I hate Chihully (however you spell his stupid name) and his "art" (I barely consider it as such), but even I would be interested in this.

Cool idea that gets the community and artists from a whole 'nother group that may never even step foot in that museum involved.

Thumbs up.
Posted by malcolmxy on July 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM · Report this

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