John Klima, United States
Glasbead, 1999
Selected by: Christiane Paul
Glasbead is a multi-user persistent collaborative musical interface, instrument, and toy that allows players to import sound files and create a myriad of soundscapes. The interface consists of a rotating, circular structure with stems that resemble hammers and bells. Sound files can be imported into the bells and are triggered by flinging the hammers into the bells. While Glasbead creates a contained musical and visual world of its own, it also allows up to 20 players to remotely “jam” with each other. Alluding to and transcending concepts ranging from gaming to musical instruments, Glasbead is a unique rendition of a multi-user multimedia world where sounds and visuals enhance each other.
John Klima