The rare violin sound bank
That a very interesting article, which I enoyed reading.
The implication in the article that this sound bank would somehow be useful to make music in the future using these sounds is pretty ridiculous, as anyone who has a decent keyboard with good string instrument samples can tell you. On the other hand, it looks like they are doing it in such a way that comparison of the sounds of the instruments ought to be possible. I wish they could write something like this without the canard that no modern violin can equal the sound of the great Cremonese masterpieces, though.
Too bad the article is behind the NYT firewall that only lets you look at 10 articles a month.
From my personal viewpoint, the most interesting aspect is that the NY Times dedicated such attention to it. The article is well-written and fun to read. It's great (and uncommon) when the violin and its glorious history receive attention in mainstream news.
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