Monday, 12 March 2012
PHYSICS, SPYDER SILK AND VIOLIN STRINGS.
LISTEN UP, ALL FIDDLERS AND MUSIC LOVERS!!
Strands of Spider Silk have been used to make violin strings that have a unique
and thrilling sound.
Shigeyoshi Osaki at Nara Medical University in Japan, studied properties of Spider
Silk for 35 years. In the time past, he focused on practical ways to turn Spider
Silk into violin strings, taking lessons on requirements for Spider Silk strings in
terms of strength and elasticity.
Shigeyoshi also learned how to "COAX" the Nephila Maculata spiders to spin out
long strands of dragline, the strongest form of silk you get. First, he put filaments
in bundels together, then twist them and then twist 3 of the bundles together to make
a string. the thickest string is the G string, which holds 15,000filaments together.
these strings are tightly packed and very strong!! An interesting secret of these
strings are, when the individual filaments get twisted, an Electron Microscope
revealed that their circular cross sectionsturned into polygons which "cluster "
together even more tightly than Cylindrical strings.
Shigeyoshi said he was SO SURPRISED by the observation of change of cross
sections, that hedoubted his experimental results!!! He said that the Spider
Silk must be deformed when twisted.
KatherineSelby, a physicist and violinist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York,
is very impressed with the brilliant sound of Spider Strings. She says that the
high strength of SpiderSilk may give it another advantage, which is, that you
can use a thinner string to play the same pitch which is a bit more bendable and
responsive in hitting the note quickly. she said that Spider Strings could be fully
trust for thin E strings, which are extremely fragile when made from gut.
On the other hand, when you listen to the unique tone and the brilliant sound, flowing
from the Spider Strings, comparing it with other violins with Steel, Nylon and gut
Strings, you will be caught in the Spider's Web, all hypnotized by the Spider's
Strings and the...~~~ floating~~~... sounds.
Nevertheless, the PRICE of these strings will be too much for most fiddlers, but if
you are eager enough, brilliant quality of tone can be yours, because Shigeyoshi
Osaki is now trying to find a way to produce his Spider Strings in even larger
numbers. Let's hope that we will be lucky enough to get our hands on THAT