Although this isn’t the sort of topic we usually examine, it is simply too cool to pass up so if you haven’t already seen it, set some time aside today to watch the videos on Da Vinci’s Viola Organista, an instrument the inventor conceived but never built during his lifetime.
It has a genuinely beautiful sound and the story behind how Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki successfully built a working instrument that he subsequently used in concert on October, 18, 2013 as part of the International Royal Cracow Piano Festival. If you a keyboard/engineering/instrument making geek like me, you’ll love this.
You can also find a good article at smh.com.au with all of the requisite details about how the instrument works etc.
The Viola Organista in Concert
Interview With Slawomir Zubrzycki (in Polish)
AFP Video of Concert (nice footage)