instruments

Media > Meet the encephalophone: An instrument you can play with your mind, just by thinking
December 1st, 2017

standard Meet the encephalophone: An instrument you can play with your mind, just by thinking

This is your brain on music: Neurologists, composers and tech-geeks at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program study music and the mind — including the encephalophone, a new instrument you can play without moving a muscle.

Media > The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood
July 28th, 2017

standard The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood

In the violin-making world, two names reign above all others: Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.

Media > The World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You’d Think
June 23rd, 2017

standard The World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You’d Think

Preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, don’t always age very well.

Media > Theodore Roosevelt and the Gold Steinway
April 19th, 2017

standard Theodore Roosevelt and the Gold Steinway

When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, America was in an era of great technological and industrial growth. Within the previous half-decade, Alexander Graham Bell had invented the telephone, Thomas Edison had invented the modern light bulb and railroads connected [...] more >>

Media > Competition unleashes futuristic piano designs
March 1st, 2017

standard Competition unleashes futuristic piano designs

The winning entries of the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards feature radical reimaginings of the keyboard instrument.

Media > The glass harmonica’s unlikely comeback
November 25th, 2016

standard The glass harmonica’s unlikely comeback

SOLVING a crossword puzzle one day some 30 years ago, a young Austrian violinist couple named Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger came across a reference to an instrument they had never heard of, consisting of dozens of glass bowls, and referred [...] more >>

Media > Too few conductors understand their double bass section
November 23rd, 2016

standard Too few conductors understand their double bass section

Double bass soloist Gary Karr on the need for conductors’ attitudes to change towards his instrument

Media > The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard
September 21st, 2016

standard The Greatest Violin No One’s Ever Heard

The most famous violin in the world has never been heard. What’s more, it gained its reputation by being invisible. “The Messiah” sits in its glass display case just outside the Print Room of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and [...] more >>