Symbaline: An electromagnetically actuated wine glass instrument

Lior Arbel, Yoav Y. Schechner, Noam Amir

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The Symbaline is a wine glass instrument, producing sounds by exciting a set of wine glasses using electromagnets. The electromagnets are driven by audio signals generated using any musical instrument, allowing musicians to play the Symbaline using their own instruments without additional training. Symbaline sound customisation is achieved by applying various audio effects on the input signal, as well as assembling different sets of ready-made wine glasses. This paper describes the Symbaline’s operation and sound characterisation, and explores different usage modes. These include playing by a classical guitar and playing by custom-designed virtual instruments, controlled with a MIDI keyboard.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-491
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of New Music Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Instruments
  • augmented instruments
  • hardware
  • sympathetic vibrations
  • wine glasses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Music


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