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Posts by date: September, 2015

Sonic sentiment: Why is ‘place' important?

Monday, 21st September 2015 | 0 comments

There is a theory which argues where you experience something is as important as the event itself – think about fish and chips at the seaside. But is that true for music? And if so, why?

Physics and fish & chips may combine to answer that question.

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Violin Strings made from... Spider Silk!

Violin Strings made from... Spider Silk!

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 | 0 comments

The strings of a violin (and viola, and cello) are today usually made from a synthetic core (typically nylon) wound on the outside with metal (usually steel, sometimes with aluminium and sometimes gold-plated). In the past, strings were made from "catgut", but not (despite the popular assumption) actually made from the intestines of cats. "Catgut" was in fact made from stretched and dried sheeps' intestines! But now, violin strings have been made from a radically different material: spider silk!

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