URSULA NISTRUP

Three Non-standardized Resonances, Halifax 2012

3 x Austrian spruce wood, 3 series of 3 with different finishes.
Bees wax, Tung oil and White oil finish,
30 x 30 cm

These pieces of wood are models for the soundboards
in grand pianos. They are made from slow-growing
spruce wood found around the tree line of the Austrian
Alps, the same kind used to make the backs of Stradivarius
violins (although from a different section of the tree).

Each board is shaped with a graduated thickness. These
gradations alter the acoustic properties inside each piano,
which in turn modify the spaces around the strings and
thus the resonance of each piano.

 

 

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