'Sonambients are friendly aliens.' - Val Bertoia
Harry Bertoia not only patented the Diamond Chair for Knoll International in 1952 (pic below), but in the early 70s designed sound sculptures with his son, Val. They called the sound Sonambient. Where Jean Tinguely's sculptures sound like machines at work and play, Bertoia's elegant designs are reflected in the sounds resonating from them. 'Alien', deep, yet easy to listen to, these recordings are astounding, Zen-like meditations on sound reverberation and more worthwhile than a million 'ambient' albums.
Interview with Val Bertoia here.
Eleven of the LPs can be grabbed here at UbuWeb