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The Wine Music


All proceeds go to building water wells in Ethiopia.

Turning "Wine into Water"

A beautiful album of music composed by Tony King  entirely from wine related sounds

using Wine glasses, Bottles, Wine Barrels, corks etc....
The result is amazing. The music sometimes sounds like a theremin orchestra, or an Indian percusion ensemble, sometimes like an organ playing Bach, or Celtic Irish whistles....

The album is downloadable below and is my free gift to you but if you wish to help  pay to build wells you can make a tax deductible gift at

Wine Music reviews

"Most requested music 2004"
-Bob Maynard, ABC Classic FM


“As Fascinating as it is is beautiful”

 Reviewer: Judy Sarriss
-Editor Gourmet Traveller Wine


“very impressed with

the quality and effort you have put into this”

Reviewer : Maximilian Riedel (11th generation owner of Riedel Crystal Glass)


 A Glass Of Wine Never Sounded So Good.

Reviewer: Tom Dickins –If there is anything as appealing to the ear as Tony King's Wine Music, then it is the story of its composition. Wine Music is an aural feast, with a beautiful collection of sounds, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic, all made from sampling wine bottles, glasses, barrels and corks. The sheer technical implications of this would be enough to make most musicians either give up, or just drain the damn bottle and pass out! This, however, was not to be the path for Tony King.  Technical brilliance aside, the music itself, devoid from its creation stands alone as a wonderful, immersive experience. Indeed, many composers do not achieve the sort of complexity and beauty with a wide array of instruments and musicians playing their music. From the dreamy "Toast to Old Friends" to the classical sounding "A fugue good wines" the incredible does not cease to amaze. While listening to the bouncy "Scarecrow Jig" you could be forgiven for thinking that you are listening to a skillful pan flute or tin whistle player, but the occasional percussive use of a cork popping open brings you back to the unbelievable reality of the Music - that is made from various wine related implements.  The only things that aren't made of wine are the CD and cover themselves - but I'm sure Tony King, being as resourceful as he has thus far proven, will eventually overcome even this barrier!!!


 “Seriously, this is more than just a novelty idea, this is some creative and enjoyable music”

Reviewer: IAM

TONY KING "Wine Music"  Two years in the making. For two years Tony sampled individual sounds from wine bottles, wine corks, wine glasses, wine barrels, anything connected with wine. Imagine the pains-taking research; "Damn, I just opened this bottle of red for the cork sound but, bugger me, I'm going to have to drink it to save it from waste." Ah, the suffering of the artist. Seriously, this is more than just a novelty idea, this is some creative and enjoyable music. Tony must be producer of the year for one thing; the fidelity on this is beautiful, this bloke knows how to tweak. Every single little sound crisp and level, sequenced and mixed together immaculately. What's great is that the sounds neither truly leave their origins to become something alien, but are exquisitely musical enough to carry the tunes. The music also expresses a duality between being laid back and relaxing, and involving and expressive at the same time. Just like a really good bottle of plonk. If I had to nit-pick, I'd say some of the tracks are a tad too short (although given how labour-intensive making them must be you can forgive that), and that the melodic sounds tended to remain static throughout the album; although they come into their own on the Bach-esque "Fugue Good Wines": the spirit of Walter/Wendy Carlos lives!. I love the percussive sounds best myself, their really rich and satisfying. But there's such a wealth of ingenuity poured into this, and it's successful in it's mission to be played whilst dining and wining, or for my part relaxing after a meal with something a tad exotic in the glass. Now let's hear "Beer Music"! (On the other hand, maybe Australians at least have been for the last few decades or so...) for more info go to Review in Ezine Taped Crusaders 1/9/04 by IAM


 amazingly beautiful.meditative.exotic textures.Crystal glasses can sing!

Reviewer: Phil James

This Album is amazing! It is as beautiful as it is interesting.It is as if Crystal Glasses and Bottles could sing! The Barrels sound like Irish drums.It is perfect for dinner music. None of my friends could guess what the instruments are and nobody can believe all the sounds come from Wine. It grows on you and is stuck in my CD stacker. Well done!! I would like to know more about how it was made. There is not much detail about this on the Website.




Music Made From Wine

“The music is remarkable in its fluidity (no pun intended) and you can have fun working out which piece of vinous equipment was responsible for which sound.”

KVON Radio Nappa interview - Tony King
KVON Radio Nappa continued - Tony King

Aussie makes beautiful sounds,using the tools of the wine trade
By JACK HEEGER ,Napa Register California Staff Writer

Thursday, May 11, 2006 1:13 AM PDT

When consuming wine, you use all five senses -- you smell it, you see the color, you feel the texture with your mouth, you taste it and you hear the pop of the cork or the clink of a glass during a toast.
You can change and even enhance the first four senses by sipping a different wine -- one with a fuller aroma, a little more color, a heavier texture or a more fruity taste. But nothing will change the sense of hearing -- the cork pop and the clink stay pretty much the same regardless of the wine.

Until now, that is.

Tony King, an Australian musician, composer and wine aficionado, has expanded on what one gets from that fifth sense -- he created music made exclusively from wine-related objects.
He uses crystal glasses, corks, barrels and even his own breath as he blows into wine bottles to create incredible music that can sound like a pipe organ, Celtic whistles, or a Pan flute. It's even been described as sounding like birds and whales, and in some cases, seems like a full orchestra.
However one wishes to depict it, the music is a sound unlike anything else. It's dreamy, it's toe-tapping, it's catchy. Although it's not classical music per se, it has been the most popular music on Australia's leading classical music station.

Touching the glass rim...

Probably everyone who has consumed wine at a dinner party has run a finger around the rim of a glass and listened to the vibrations. As the glass empties or fills, the sound changes.
That's exactly what King did. He borrowed about 40 glasses of all sizes and shapes, some from friends and some from Riedel, the famed Austrian wine glass company. Each created a specific sound.

A shiraz glass sounds like a cello, a chardonnay glass is like a viola, and a Champagne flute is more like a violin or piccolo, or something with high notes. The sounds of a particular glass even appeared to match the wine -- "The richer, deeper sound (of a Bordeaux glass) seemed to correlate to the taste of a Bordeaux," he said. "A sauvignon blanc glass has a more crisp sound."
When he ran his finger around the Riedel Grand Cru Bordeaux glass, he said the table actually vibrated. (The glass is more than 10 inches high with a capacity of more than 30 ounces -- to put it in perspective, a 750 ml bottle contains a little more than 25 ounces.)
King used about 10 bottles of varying shapes and sizes, ranging from 375 ml to a Nebuchadnezzar (15 liters), then tuned them with varying amounts of wine by using an eye-dropper to achieve proper pitch. "One drop can make a note sharp or flat," he said. "The bottles were the biggest surprise to me. If you put (the sound) on an oscilloscope, it would show a perfectly smooth pattern."

One barrel, 20 sounds

He made considerable use of a single barrel, achieving about 20 different drum-like sounds, depending on where he hit it. "Even the metal band around the barrel made a different sound," he said. "I used the barrel a lot."
Turning a cork in a bottle gives a squeaking sound, and, of course, pulling the cork provides the popping "thunk" we all know so well.
Hitting a corkscrew against a Champagne flute sounds like an orchestra triangle, and tapping or flicking a finger against a glass will provide some unusual sounds, he said.
How you move the finger on the glass changes the sound, he said. "Instead of going around (the rim), touch the glass quickly only about a half-inch, and it sounds like a violin," he said. "If you tilt the glass, it changes the sound."
King used only objects associated with wine. "We filled the glasses only with wine, and we used wines I like to drink," he said. "That was the reward after the recording session."

Knocking on a barrel

He conceived the idea while walking through a winery in Southwest Australia. "They had barrels along the wall, and as I passed by, I knocked on one and I heard a great sound."
He hit it again, but in a different spot, and heard a different sound. "I started thinking of what all the sounds can be."
Then, as he sat at a dinner table and ran his finger around the glass, he heard the familiar sound, but it was a monotone. "I kept trying to think of how to get other sounds out of the glass."
The project took him two years to complete, working on and off. "I didn't have a deadline, but I worked on it on (vacations) and I worked on it when I was feeling in a good mood."
King composed 11 songs, writing them to fit the sounds he could create, and the order in which they appear on the CD is almost like wine's journey from the vineyard to the glass.
In fact, the opening song is "Journey to the Barrel," followed by "Sunrise on the Vine" and "Scarecrow Jig." Among the other titles are "Perfect Blend," "Soaked in Oak," and "Toast to Old Friends."
Perhaps the most clever title is "Fugue Good Wines," and as one listens to the song, it's difficult to believe it's not a full orchestra playing it.
Like recording a band
He created each sound separately, then mixed them, "exactly the way you'd record a band," he said. "We did the drum track first, then the chords, the melody and filled in with the other sounds."
He makes it sound simple, but it obviously took considerable time to achieve the result he wanted. He completed it a year ago and made the CD.
"I wanted it to be serious music, not thought of as a gimmick," he said. "It appeals to classical music fans."
He enlisted the help of his wife, singer Kris Ralph, in putting the project together. But working in concert is not unusual for them -- they've been traveling the world, writing songs and performing for 22 years, "and we're still in love with each other," he said.
Selling the CD
With all the traveling, this is only their second trip to the United States, but the first to Northern California. He's here to acquaint local wineries and gift shops with his music and is hoping to find a distributor to carry the CD.
King has an impressive resume of musical accomplishments and said he "was exposed to music early in life" -- his father was in the British Air Force and they moved "every six months or so." Among his credits are writing the musical scores for several Burbank Studios movie hits familiar to Americans, including "The Littlest Mermaid," "Mulan," "Moses, the Prince of Egypt" and "Anna and the King." But those never brought him to American shores because Burbank Studios had a facility in Australia. He has numerous credits for scoring motion pictures, but King said,

"It was often stressful" This (working on 'The Wine Music') was completely the opposite. No stress."


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