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The bottlephone, or bouteillophone in the original French, is an instrument made of tuned glass bottles. It was featured prominently in Erik Satie's music for the 1917 ballet Parade. The original bottlephone was probably made exclusively of wine bottles, filled with water to different levels to create different pitches. I created this bottlephone to perform Parade with the contemporary music ensemble Syzygy and the Dallas Neoclassical Ballet (see the video below; the bottlephone comes in at about 17:20). It includes bottles from a rare vintage of 7-11 wine, some 2-Buck-Chuck, a little club soda, and a Cholula for the highest pitch.
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