paz brouk: glass bell instrument
paz brouk: glass bell instrument
aug 10, 2011

paz brouk: glass bell instrument

the experimental instrument by paz brouk produces music from the combined effect of the movement of water, touch of wood upon glass, and changes in air and sound waves

industrial designer paz brouk created her untitled ‘sound project’ while still a student at israel’s shenkar college of engineering and design. the instrument draws from the sound of church bells but creates its unusual sound from the combined effect of the movement of water, touch and echo of wood upon glass, and vibration of the materials.

the bowl of the instrument is blown glass, filled with water and strung unto a long rope that hangs from ceiling to floor. a wooden clapper is attached at the bottom of the rope, to be tapped lightly against the bowl during use. users control the pitch of the instrument by striking and tilting the glass at different angles, causing the water to move and alternately rise and fall from the side walls of the glass. different initial levels of water will also produce different effects.

video of the instrument being played

paz brouk: glass bell instrument full view

paz brouk: glass bell instrument closer view of the blown glass bowl

paz brouk: glass bell instrument detail of wooden clapper

  • Argentinian comedian-musicians-inventors did all his instruments, except for the use of spanish guitars sometimes, but they are amazing and they are playing in theatres around the globe from the 60’s! Take a look to their instruments in Google Images and YouTube : )

  • Ingenious. I want one.

  • how is it hanged to the ceiling?

  • Wow!.
    With several tools like this and a sensitive musician and skilled, could make a nice and relaxing music.

  • If you want to see something better see some videos of “Les Luthiers” in YT

  • great it could be used as vase in flowershops as wel;) cool idea

  • very nice, make sure you use anti cut gloves


have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

(2 articles)


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
505,997 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine