The tromba marina is fingered below the bow, creating harmonics by lightly touching the string at the nodes. (I tied little bits of thread at the nodal points to make it easier for me to find them.) The bridge is unbalanced so that it vibrates and rattles against the body, making a buzzing sound. It’s an amazingly weird instrument. I love it, but I can’t really play it.
When I fly into LaGuardia, as I did this afternoon, I try to sit by a right-side window to get this view. And then I take the video and apply optical flow techniques and send the trail to the drone from day 13.
I designed the 8-bit violin during last year’s instrument-a-day. I ended up donating violin 0x01 to Flux Factory’s fundraising auction. I made this one, pretty much identical to the first, for and with the help of violinist Patti Kilroy, who tried it out for this video. This is the first time she’s played the finished violin!