Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mushroom key to Stradivarius sound?

There are decades of speculation and experimentation surrounding the sound of Stradivarius violins.

A new attempt at replicating these instruments involves letting mushrooms chew on the maple a bit before the violin is made. The minute spaces created in the wood apparently increase its resonance and improve the sound, according to Swiss researchers.

The mushroom, Xylaria longipes, naturally occurs on hardwood barks across the U.S.

Enjoy watching folks go for the money, accidentally improving art on the way,


[story via Muse, Strad painting from Wiki Commons, Mushroom image attribution ]

1 comment:

Catherine Just said...

That is a cool piece of info.