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Glass Wands

by Elisa Metz

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Pale Blue 03:18
Violet 03:32
Rose 02:42
Sienna 03:24
Yellow 03:34
Clear 04:16
Red 05:33
Green 05:08
Blue 09:45


Cologne-based artist and composer Elisa Metz releases her debut album 'Glass Wands' on Experimental/Ambient label PLANET AKWA, featuring her self-built glass instrument.

The instrument consists of glass wands the artist discovered at her uncle’s glazier’s workshop. They exist in various colours and patterns, either transparent or opaque. When hit by a mallet, they create bell-like sounds. Their pitch is influenced by their length and density. Impressed by their rich overtones, Elisa Metz decided to build a volumetric, walk-in instrument together with Hanno Mühlenbach, encompassing both, an installative and a performative quality. In May 2020, Elisa Metz presented the instrument for the first time during an audiovisual performance at Robert-Schumamn-Saal at Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf.

For the album 'Glass Wands', the fragile glass sounds are processed by analogue synthesizers and combined with bass, accordion, timpani and vocals, resulting in delicate drone layers. The tracks are named after each wands’ colour, while their individual pitch forms the starting point for the catchy pop melodies. At the same time, the compositions remind of the early electronic experiments.
The tracks 'Red', 'Green' and 'Blue', which already appeared on the EP 'Three Wands' in December 2021, are included on the B-side of the record. Here the glass wands were combined with SOMA Lyra-8.

For the six new tracks on the A-Side, Elisa Metz discovered further possibilities of the glass instrument together with Cologne-based producer Julian Stetter, letting the glass sounds run through a modular synthesizer.


released December 2, 2022

Elisa Metz

Julian Stetter

Railroad Tracks Studios

3D Cover Artwork and Animation:
Timo Lenzen

Art Direction:
Lorenz Klingebiel

Frederike Wetzels

Aljona Make-Up Artist

Sabine Berlipp

Video Editing:
Julian Güttge

Special thanks to Wiemer Glas

The project 'Glass Wands' was supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.


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