John Granzow, Denton Fredrickson, and Chris Chafe

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Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Ancient andean luthiers used ceramics to develop a rich organology of aerophones. Many of these ancient instruments retained the features of the prior shell trumpets. We see an analogy in the present tendency to replicate (and yet customize) known wind instruments with 3d printing. In both cases the skeumorph arises, reflecting past resonators as well as new possibilities. This sound park is a place where these analogies are made manifest in hybrid instruments that combine whistling vessels with printed components, found objects, a crank bellows and gas tanks.

We are artists interested in the application of new manufacturing techniques for research in acoustics and instrument design. John Granzow is an instrument builder and Ph.D. student at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics working with faculty composer and scientist Chris Chafe at Stanford. Denton Fredrickson is a sound artist, sculptor and instructor at the University of Lethbridge.

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