The Springboard (Pt. 9, Finished)

This is the ninth and final of a number of posts pertaining to the progress of my 21M.299 (The Social Lives of Instruments) final project, The Springboard.

The finished instrument.

I have finished the instrument! The polyurethane has dried, the instrument reassembled, and the pickups have been mounted. Near the end of this post is a sound sample. Continue reading The Springboard (Pt. 9, Finished)

The Springboard (Pt. 4, Initial Prototype)

This is the fourth of a number of posts pertaining to the progress of my 21M.299 (The Social Lives of Instruments) final project, The Springboard.

With doubts and uncertainty growing, I needed to figure out whether this idea was actually going to work; I needed to develop a prototype. After keeping an eye open for free materials (at MIT you tend to find a lot of useful things being thrown out), I came across some leftover wood that could be used. Armed with a single janky drill and hand saws, I created the initial, somewhat sketchy, prototype (essentially a wooden plank with springs). Continue reading The Springboard (Pt. 4, Initial Prototype)

The Springboard (Pt. 1, Ideas)

This is the first of a number of posts pertaining to the progress of my 21M.299 (The Social Lives of Instruments) final project, The Springboard.

For our final project in 21M.299 we have been tasked with designing and building an instrument. I’ve decided to build an instrument that utilizes springs as the vibrating body. Springs under tension can be tapped and plucked to create harmonic and dissonant tones, so it is likely that, with a bit of experimentation, they could be played in pitch consistently. The key part of this project is to play the springs with a standard violin bow, as this would allow pitched and sustained, rather than percussive, sounds.

Continue reading The Springboard (Pt. 1, Ideas)