If you’re still not convinced about the awesomeness of 3D printing, then be prepared – Since this technology is definitely going to be making a big impact. For the past few months, there have been cars, clothes, and even houses made directly from 3D printers. And now, the next big thing is creating musical instruments for rockstars and musicians.
These 3D-printed instruments were built by Monad, an architecture studio. The instruments are a part of an installation called ‘Abyecto’, which translates to ‘abject’ and ‘heinous’. Abyecto is a type of interactive installation that merges music, design, and architecture by using spatial performances. Changing and multiplying the guitar’s profiles create the mural’s structure. This extends the object’s traits into a bigger field consisting of 3D curves, and small variations that go well with the ambiance of the instrument’s performance. So the room, the musicians, the instruments, and the listeners will all take part in the shaping of an intricate and collective sensory experience.
Some of the other instruments made using a 3D printer include a cello, a violin, an Australian didgeridoo, and cornucopia, which is a large horn instrument with valves. But the main attraction is a 3D-printed baritone electric guitar with a single string. The guitar is also known as a ‘monobarisitar’, and is made by sound artist Scott F. Hall.
Hall has worked on this project and also plays the instrument. The monobarisitar’s single string can be detached, and includes a central neck and pickup structure. Hall’s monobarisitar works as an electric bass and baritone guitar that can be played in touchstyle.
The monobarisitar has a minimal look and a two-handed tapping technique, letting it articulate notes at several times in different speeds. It may be monophonic, but there is actually a hint of sonic illusion.
The one thing that these instruments have in common is the “rack” into which they are incorporated when not being used – This comes in the form of a 3D-printed mural that is hung against the wall. This mural can also be considered as the sixth instrument in the series.
Those who want to play these 3D instruments can also interact with the installation, by simply being in contact with the playing transducers opposite the sculpture. This allows you to personally explore the structure of the instruments, as well as the mural.
Monad Studios concentrates on the spatial perception. Their explorations vary from the structure of buildings, product designing, and landscape installations.