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Pierre-Jean Croset (born on July 14, 1949 in Grenoble, France) is a composer, an interpreter, a stringed-instrument maker and a French .

Croset is the son of an engineer father and inventor who worked for Altulor: a company that produced synthetic materials. As a result, during his childhood, Croset discovered the properties of a kind of PMMA named “Altuglas” (diffuser of light, transparent and bright) by diverting the usage of a PMMA blowpipe.

After having thought for a long time about John Cage’s remark: ” to create new music it is necessary to create new tools”, he was directed by the researcher and acoustician Émile Leipp, director of the Laboratory of Musical Acoustic ( CNRS) of the University of Jussieu,Paris.He focused on creating a revolutionary instrument that would enable him to create music.
In 1974, his first glass Harmonic Lyre made with PMMA altuglas cast was designed. He had the opportunity to play this instrument at the tenth Biennial event of Paris in 1977 at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. This electroacoustic lyre consists of 18 strings and at least two micro-sensors for each of the strings. By 2010, he had successfully designed four harmonic lyres, 3 glass guitars of PMMA and carbon fiber neck, “water drums” for John Cage’s creation with the ” percussions of Strasbourg” (1989), as well as various other original instruments which include musical wind mills, wind chimes, kalimbé, musical jackstraw in bamboo for children, musical boomerangs,an acoustic game of bowls, and so on.

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