GLOCKEN is a musical instrument
that automatically performs
a glockenspiel using steel ball
for bearings, said to be the
world's most perfect sphere
The steel ball is finished into
a nearly perfect sphere, and
has the property of uninformly
bouncing back, over and over.
BEARINGS GLOCKEN uses this property
in a musical instrument.
I paid particular attention
to the following two points:
First, I focused on the fact
that "science and technology"
and "artistic expression"
have always developed hand in
hand. Leonardo de Vinci, who
invented principle of bearings,
shows this clearly.
The other point is realizing
"live sound" through
performance. We have fewer and
fewer chances to experience
These days we can even listen
to music on mobile phones. But,
I want people to know the richness,
power, impact, and vividness
of "sound created right
before your eyes."
I composed the music after calculating
the relationship with the tracks
of the bouncing balls. Arpeggio,
melody, harmony, ensemble. With
just a single octave, it is
possible to re-create a multi-hued
If this piece has a future,
I want to form a BEARINGS ORCHESTRA
that would enable a more rich
I hope this work inspires you
to want to share the experience
with those you cherish.
KAWASE Kohske, MARCH 2007
Sping in 2009, we started the
rental business of 2nd model "BEARINGS
GLOCKEN II." We can rent
it to any event, hotel, department
store, commercial establishments,
and so on.
you have any questions about
BEARINGS GLOCKEN, please contact
us by e-mail.