The Open String began from a desire to drum on strings. Electronic drums offered too little expressiveness, given their reliance on the MIDI protocol’s 127 levels of sample triggering. An amplified string was the touch sensitive medium I knew of, therefore I sought to build something that would let me drum but with strings.
Feet of Wire
Modes of Play
Made of Ash Wood with Tubular Aluminum Cross Members.
Sounds like a Slap Bass, Deep and Punchy. It Resonates for Nearly Two Minutes.
A Diagrammatic Overview
Dodecaphonic Sound, Each String Gets A Discrete Channel
Magnetically Attached Pickup Rail is Removable for Transport
Rotary Solenoids Strike the Strings
Arduino Based Controller Board Provides MIDI Input
Ebony Bridges Made of Old Piano Keys
Ash Lumber Provides Excellent Strength to Weight Ratio
Super Long Scale Extra Heavy Bass Strings for Huge Sound
Detachable Solenoid Rail for More Open Human Play or Transport
Tubular Cross Members Detach, Allowing the Whole Unit to Breakdown for Transport
Materials and Parts
Ground Bars for Tailpieces
GraphTech Self-Lubricating Nut
Sperzel Locking Tuners
Stainless Steel Rod