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The Music of Mathematics – Behold the 3D Printed Microtonal Clarinet #3DxMusic #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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The Music of Mathematics – Behold the 3D Printed Microtonal Clarinet. From 3DPrint.com:

…The resulting soundscapes are often haunting, and even discomfiting, to the ear of Westerners used to listening to 12-tone compositions. While several designers have successfully used 3D printing technology to make musical instruments, those project have been mostly limited to creating replicas of existing ones, instruments which feature normal intonation. Now a group of researchers, Nicholas Bailey, Théo Cremel, and Alex South from the Science and Music Research Group, University of Glasgow, have modeled and designed a microtonal clarinet.

….The new microtonal clarinet was designed to be 3D printed using an object-oriented, acoustic model of the instrument accomplished with C++ coding. The design was done in OpenSCAD, and they say that software was set to predict the outcome of printing a replica of a ‘Denner’ clarinet.

Constructed in four quarters and split dorsally to make it easier to remove filler material and produced by a small prototyping printer at the University of Glasgow’s engineering workshop, the clarinet has a cylindrical bore and nine tone holes….

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