A UCF professor will bring the worlds of art and science one step closer during a musical performance at the 3-D Print Design Show in New York.
Scott Hall, an associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design, will rock out on a series of custom-made 3-D printed instruments during the show. The creations, which boast names like the "monobarisitar" and "piezoelectric violin," are futuristic reimaginings of more traditional musical forms.
"While we've proven it is possible to undertake radical, experimental remaking of ancient instrument forms, we've also shown that computer-mediation in making allows for very new forms to continue to produce beloved old sounds — and certainly some new sounds, too," said Hall in a press release.
The instruments were made entirely using computer modeling, printing and milling, according to the press release. Each took around three to four days to print, and costs $2,500.
They were designed as part of a collaborative effort with Eric Goldemberg, an architecture professor at Florida International University, and Veronica Zalcberg, a principal designer at MONAD Studio in Miami.
Hall will be joined in his performance by Brandy Moulden, a UCF alumna and one of Hall's former students. Moulden hailed the ergonomic virtues of the 3-D printed violin she was soon to play.
"Every plane and edge has been made to naturally contour to its player with no additional accessories — in the case of the violin there is no need for an added shoulder rest. [The] violin is extremely lightweight, so its player can jam as long as they like with little to no fatigue compared to playing a traditional violin," she said in a release.
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