Vienna Instruments Elements is a showcase for water, metal, glass, and stone, Elements is a major expansion on the well-known Horizon Series Glass & Stones edition. It offers new instruments such as the bass waterphone, an unusual, evocative instrument with a diameter of 14 inches. Its larger number of sounding rods, their increased length, the larger opening as well as the bigger resonating body with more water, furnish the musician with more unusual sonic possibilities and a wider variety of colors than the conventional waterphone. The oversized tam-tam, with a diameter of more than 65 inches, was treated with all the tricks of the trade, with a special nod to Stockhausen’s opus “Mikrophonie” and others. It was struck with metal rods, cardboard and jigsaw blades, hit and rubbed with chains, and manhandled with fly swatters, an egg cutter, and even a massaging rod. The bottles contained herein are blown – with articulations such as sustains and flutter tonguing.
The 18 GB Elements Collection also features glass bells, musical glasses, a glass harmonica, a verrophone and a 5-octave lithophone.