The cristal baschet is the most wondrous of instruments – in design and sound alike. Danish experimental artist Mike Sheridan is probably best known for his adventures in electronic music but there is more to his talent than meets the eye. For a couple of years he has spend time mastering the cristal baschet and has now teamed up with the French super cristal-players Hope Ensemble. We hooked up with them at DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 and had the pleasure of zooming in on the magnificent creature-like instrument that the cristal baschet is. The instrument is acoustic and its sound comes from friction between the metal rods and the player’s fingers – which must be wet in order to produce the desired vibrations and sound waves.

Recorded at DR Koncerthuset Studie 2
Filmed by Kristoffer Juel Poulsen