Composer Nathan Barr's "sympathetic drone cello"

Composer Nathan Barr's "sympathetic drone cello"



[Applause] so it's got ten sympathetic strings here yeah exactly [Applause] first of all which is more amazing the instrument the dogs are the your ability to sit down and play and make it sound like thank you from bluegrass simple number six what if you wanted to go I have my perfect pitch if you do you what if the cue that you did it all have to be in G now so you can basically look into it on the car okay these these tune the drones got whatever you want and then you can also do that with those guys too what do you call this instrument it's called a sympathetic drone cello and it took the guy four years to build so it's it's California black walnut which is really rare for a cello and the hardest part of it for him I told him I want a five-speed cello with an automatic drum and he's like crazy enough to go I could do that and so the hardest part was any time he put the motor on the instrument the natural resonance of the body wanted to make the sound of motor right make it loud so he had this really special tailpiece filter he built it which lifted all the mechanical elements off the cello and then all of a sudden you got something you can play and he made the motor tunable so if I were to remove the drone strings you can hear the pitch of the motor but you can tune it and hide it behind whatever hearing and that was his genius you know it's just layer upon layer of insight and you're a mad scientist incredible beauty God how about the fact there's just a great sound yeah and we got there as a walking stick in the Louvre with a face like that on it we found that gargoyle s exactly it's like a little puck pan guy it's like you Robert [Laughter]

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