Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Resonant Chamber

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This interesting animation is an argument for how a self-playing harp might work. The one thing that would improve its efficiency is to have a “plucker” that is dedicated to each string (as you see on the bass part of this contraption) rather than have each plucker pick at any or all of the strings. What do you think?

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  1. #1 Intransigentia
    March 25, 2010

    Isn’t a harp with a plucker for each string essentially just a harpsichord?

  2. #2 Bobs Big Brother
    March 25, 2010

    I don’t think it’s trying to be efficient. If you want that use an MP3 player, as that’s also a device for making attractive sounds.

    I’d be fasinated to see if it could be built. Probably nothing that beautiful look as you’d need lots of wires, motors or hydraulics to power everything.

  3. #3 SimonG
    March 26, 2010

    I think some of their animations are marvellous, although I tend to prefer some of the earlier, percussive ones. I haven’t seen all of Animusic 3, though.

  4. #4 Paul Murray
    March 30, 2010

    Love the time signatures.

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