Singing Wineglass is an interactive kinetic sculpture and sound installation. Its primary function is to process the gallons of mead (fermented honey wine) produced as a bi-product of another sound installation, resonant carboy. This work extends the sensory experience of the previous work, which amplified the microscopic fermentation process through sound. However in this work, the output becomes an input, first producing a new soundscape before ultimately being tasted and consumed by the audience, and interacting with the interior systems of the body.
In this work, a large glass vessel is filled with mead, and secured onto a rotating base. A tube is primed with the liquid from inside the vessel to a spigot on the base. When the spigot is open, a small infra-red sensor activates the base, which begins to spin. The slight pressure on the edge of the glass from a separate arm, causes the glass to vibrate, which in turn fills the space with a clear sinusoidal tone.