Archive for the ‘electric cello’ Category

DIY electric cello update and video performance

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

I further refined my DIY electric cello by lowering the bridge and chopping away more of the body to allow for easier bowing of the upper two strings. I still have to work out a good way to hold it for performance. To do a traditional vertical method I will have to install a post for it to sit on. At this writing I’m not committed to that. I hope you enjoy the video – I used a Strymon El Capistan as an effect insert in Sonar.

haircut (DIY electric cello conversion from bass)

Friday, November 17th, 2017

haircut” is mainly an experiment with “inserting” an external effect into my DAW (Sonar) on a pre-recorded track. So in this case I get to manipulate the effect real time.

Baltica (for Electric Cello and String Ensemble in Harmonic Series Tuning)

Saturday, March 1st, 2014


(it will take a bit of time for the music to load before it plays)

Baltica is a piece requested by Greg Hooper that blends the original harmonic series electric cello performance source and the (mostly) unedited semi-aleatoric midi rendering produced by sonar X3 with string ensemble supplied by Kontakt 5 in harmonic series, root in C1 this time.

bowed diy electric cello – performed live

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Considering this is a more or less performance of the audio below I don’t see a need to provide the audio separately. If you do want it, leave me a comment and I will get it to you.

Solo For DIY Electric Cello in D Harmonic Series

Monday, February 17th, 2014

the score

the score

Click any of the pictures to enbiggen

it may take a bit of time before the music starts to play

Solo for DIY Electric Cello in D Harmonic Series the main point was to explore what I could do with only one note and its octave. I do cheat at one point because I bow behind (or one could say below) the bridge. The piece is in a sense minimalistic and microtonal since it is built on the harmonic (and inharmonic) series of the strings (depending on bowing technique).

The pictures of the instrument shows it is derived from a butchered electric bass married to a cello fingerboard bought on Amazon that is only missing a functional end pin that I need to get around to assembling. (I have the necessary parts)

Some construction details





I Play The Wind (aeolian harmonic series guitar, bass, psaltery)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Audio Only
I Play The Wind

Using my DIY 23 edo guitar, DIY electric cello, and DIY electric psaltery I recorded the wind playing these instruments after they were tuned in just intonation or harmonic series relationships. Adding to the harmonic series nature of this composition is the fact that the aeolian does not sound the fundamental – so what you hear are only harmonics of the strings. To create this composition I complied about 8 hours of 44.1kHz 24-bit recordings, noise reduced, selected sections and sequenced in Sonar X3. After I finished with the audio I paired it up with time lapse video I took of the sky. Doing this in my spare time, making recordings and processing them into a composition took several days of work.

DIY electric psaltery
DIY electric cello
23 edo DIY stick guitar
Samples you can use

Trapped in Dreams

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Trapped in Dreams is a dark ambient microtonal piece for processed alto voice, processed bowed cymbals, processed bowed china cymbals, processed bowed DIY electric cello (reference previous post).
The full quality video is here:

DIY Electric (franken) Cello

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I received an unused electric bass and purchased an ebony cello fingerboard and cello bridge from Amazon. After removing the fretboard I cut down the fingerboard to the desired length and glued it in place. I created a nut by taking a 1/4″ long section from what I cut off the fingerboard and glued it to a 1/4″ x 1/4″ square dowel and filed string guides to a comfortable depth. I cut down the cello bridge and also cut shallow guides into it. The pickup was raised as far as it could go. I finger pick and bow the instrument for the sound track in the video. I still have to work out a “foot” and probably cut away more wood after mounting the electric controls below the bridge. I also have to learn how to play it with more dexterity – what you hear is proof-of-concept.