This is the first violin made out of silk.
It is made out of different layers of silk in differently woven structures that imitate the structure of a traditional wooden violin.
This prototype has been with a new technological approach that has been patented in June 2016. This allows the exploitation of acoustic properties of materials as it has never been done before. Silk, for example, was found to be a highly acoustically performing material.
SPIDER SILK VIOLIN
This violin contains three 35cm long spider silk strands produced by the australian golden orb weaver spider donated by Oxford Silk Group (Oxford University).
Spider silk is 5 times stronger than steel and in the meantime it is extremely elastic.
The result from an acoustic poin of view has been defined as a "miracle" by some luthiers.
SILK & CARBON FIBRE BASS AMP
I replaced the material of this commercial bass amplifier with a silk and carbon fibre based composite material.
I used different woven techniques, different layers, different fibres directions in different positions enhancing or dumping the sound where needed.
After some modal test comparative analysis, I noticed that the prototype was covering an higher range of harmonics in comparison with the original, being also 2.5 lighter.
Here our violin played at Triennale (Milan 2018)