'Slow Swells' explores the ethereal tones of the armonica: an antiquated acoustic instrument that consists of a series of tuned glass bowls attached to a spindle. It was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, and is played by touching the rims of the rotating glasses with moistened fingers.
'Slow Swells' results from a series of improvisations Dawn on the armonica in February 2012. The recording was made at Benjamin Franklin House in Craven Street, London where the instrument was invented. It contributes to Phonographies, a growing archive of contemporary wax cylinder recordings.
Thanks to Sally James at Benjamin Franklin House for access to the instrument.