Yes, I think the bridge is likely more or less perfected to achieve clear tone and amplification. I do think there’s opportunity in bridge design to play with adding effects to the sound. That’s part of what I like about the generative bridge — it shows how a very different sound can be achieved by a simple change (and a very short print).
Thanks for the article! I haven’t seen that one and I’ll have to dig in. I read a lot of research papers before I made the ModFiddle. They were helpful, but more than anything what I took away is that we still don’t really understand what makes “the best” violins the best.
The article I found most clear and informative was this one by John McLennan. I collected the articles I found most useful. You can check them all out in this OneDrive folder.
Yes, the ModFiddle has a sound post and a bass bar. My first version did not, and it didn’t work AT ALL. It was crazy how much it didn’t work. I should have taken a video. Imagine the worst wolf tones ever for every note. It was clear that the instrument just wasn’t stiff enough to support any string vibrations.
Back to the bridge; any thoughts about how a bridge could add different and interesting sound?
If we think of the bridge as a mechanical filter and amplifier — what frequencies or sounds could we filter or amplify to change the sound?
I wonder — can we tune the resonant properties of each string? The generative bridge sort of branches into legs to support each string. What if we made those legs more extreme — could we shape them such that the best resonant frequencies of each individual string is amplified?