After 500 years, Leonardo da Vinci’s Music Machine is brought to life

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  1. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    CA
    Viola Organista

    Sławomir Zubrzycki found a forgotten invention, an instrument played like a harpsichord, but with the sound of a chamber orchestra.

    Rather than tapping the strings, as a harpsichord would, this instrument, called the viola organista, lowers the strings onto spinning wheels which are wrapped in horse hair. This acts as a bow would on a violin. The resulting sound gives the impression of a group of string instruments. The project took Zubrzycki 3 years and 5,000 hours to complete.

     
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  2. repoman

    repoman

    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    What is the best viola organista for metal?
     
  3. Wow...thanks for posting. The guy was brilliant. A 500 years old analog string synthesizer. A lot better string sounds than my modern synth.
     
  4. hondo4life

    hondo4life

    Feb 29, 2016
    SC
    Holy cats that is cool
     
  5. TOOL460002

    TOOL460002

    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    I wonder how much one of those would cost. Probably a lot considering there's just one and any other would be full custom. But still, it'd be cool to See one in a top 40 band.
     
  6. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    That one!
     
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  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Suprised that these haven't popped up on Alibaba as it has been a few years since it was invented. ;)

    Very cool in any case!
     
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  8. TOOL460002

    TOOL460002

    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    People would sell beat up home customized ones for sure.
     
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Very cool! Found this vid linked, which gives a glimpse inside. Unfortunately, despite the caption, there are no English subtitles.

     
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  10. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Wow!....can you get one of those in short scale?.....:woot:
     
  11. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    It sounds like what it apparently is - a cross between harpsichord and strings.
     
  12. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Something changed maybe? I'm reading English subtitles to it right now...
     
  13. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    No subtitles for me.....
     
  14. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I just click the "CC" button on the bottom (closed captions) and the English subtitles roll... :)
     
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  15. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Ok.....so I'm a moron....:laugh:.....

    Many thanks!....:thumbsup::)
     
  16. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Me too, I guess...
     
  17. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    :)
     
  18. BboogieXVII

    BboogieXVII

    Feb 4, 2013
    jammin
    Genius! I wonder if this is the first one ever constructed? Yep, first one ever built. I just watched the other video, the one with subtitles.:)
     
  19. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    CA
    What's the best horse hair for Viola Organista spinning wheels,
    Mare or Stallion?
     
  20. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    That's really cool - I notice he uses "key-moduation" (like vibrato on a stringed instrument) to get a waver in the note.
     
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