If you want wild, futuristic, and inventive, some of the craziest inventions come from the past. The Photoplayer makes today’s music tech look positively dull. Joe Rinaudo has made a business of bringing back antiques, but his 1926 Photoplayer may top the list. Built to add dynamic soundtracks for silent films, the machine is an … Continue →
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents the second iteration of Skill Set in February featuring artist, musician, and instrument builder Matthew Steinke. During the workshop, Steinke will lead an engaging class that encompasses the history of stringed instrument design and acoustic theory, as well as teach a hands-on course in which participants can manipulate her/his own stringed instruments that can then be used to create new and unique sounds and musical effects.
I am very exited to teach this workshop! Come check it out if your in Houston.
Mechanical zither plucking jack prototype 3. I think this may be one. It uses less force and it can be actuated with cables to isolate the pickups from the solenoids in order to reduce electrical noise.
This is the prototype for a plucking mechanism in a new mechanical zither. It functions like a harpsichord jack swinging and plucking in one direction and then resetting itself with a spring. There will be one of these on each string and a dampening mechanism if the budget allows. I’m shooting for at least 20 strings total.
Sorry it took so long to upload the final product. I have been learning to play this thing for the past few months. I’ll try to make an illustrated diagram of all its superpowers someday when I have a second.