Giovedì, 27 Ottobre 2016 15:34

Aeolian harp

WARNING: this is NOT a musical instrument !!! It is not an instrument YOU or ANYONE can play, but an object only WIND can play properly. You make a sound box, you stretch nylon strings on it, you tune them all at the same pitch (you can tune some of the strings one octave lower or higher, or even at a fifth OR fourth) and then put this object in a place where the wind can blow, for exemple very close to your window slightly open. You will hear marveillous unexpected sounds coming from the strings, apparently absolutely still. These particular subtle sounds are the natural overtones, part of every sound we hear but hidden inside them, as usual. The wind harp works with sound as the prism does with light: it shows a clear analysis of sound in its components, as prism does with white light projecting the different colours in the air (the Rainbow). If you don't want to make your own soundbox by yourself you can take an old classical guitar and put on it all nylon strings the same size tuned at the same pitch and you will get approximately the same goal! Or you can hear them in House of music and lutherie Randazzo, in windy days..

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Sabato, 22 Ottobre 2016 17:49

Luthier's workshop

At the first floor of our XIII century House of music and lutherie you can visit the luthier's workshop, where he makes new instruments, as usual replicas of ancient ones, or even reparation and restoration of old violins, mandolins, guitars and other stringed instruments as well. The workshop is really small so the luthier moves outside in the quiet street carrying out his desk,to  work in the open air as they used in the old times. Many different kinds of wood are used to carve the marveillous medieval Viols, Citoles, Lyres, Harps, Psaltery, such as Cypres, Pine, Spruce, Chestnut, Walnut, Maple and Cherrytree. There are many tools around, mainly knives, gauges and saws, there are moulds to make Lutes, then colours, varnish, hide-glue. In some boxes there are pieces of bone and mother of pearl and rare woods to make precious inlays. Main decorations are  sculpted directly in the body of the instruments, which at last are equipped with gut strings or bronze, iron, brass strings,  depending on the characteristics of each one.

  

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Giovedì, 20 Ottobre 2016 20:43

Medieval lute close to the House

We are glad to show you a little medieval sculpture, about 100 feet from our House of Music, in which you can see a real medieval lute with five strings (or courses).Unfortunately neck and head are lacking. Anyway the Angel is looking directly towards the House... Is it by chance??!

 

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