A glassblower's weapon of choice has been a simple blowpipe over 2,000 years now. It's a tried and true device. But that doesn't mean there's no room to jazz it up a little, and that's exactly what "Strange Symphony" does.
A collaboration between designer Philpp Weber and glassblower Christophe Genard, Strange Symphony takes the time-tested blowpipe and bolts it on to a modern trumpet's guts, allowing its user to "improvise" each piece of glass. Each key on the trumpet directs air out a different hole on the device's business end, and produces some unusual results.
Weber is showing off the instrument at this year's DMY Berlin, and though it's unlikely to take the glassblowing world by storm, it's a clever twist on an age-old process. Somebody get one of these in a ska band STAT. [Designboom]