Instrument Building: The Owl
The Owl is a stringed instrument designed by Travis Weller. It features moveable bridges which allow a number of different tunings, including those in the system known as Just Intonation. It owes much to rudimentary piano technology and particularly, the Prepared Piano. It uses 16 high tension music wire strings with wooden and brass bridges and a resonant soundboard all anchored to a welded steel frame. Because the strings are easily accessible to direct manipulation, it can be bowed, plucked, hammered, and scraped in a variety of ways resulting in a limitless array of tonal colors.
It is sometimes used in conjunction with custom software created with the SuperCollider framework and custom sensor interfaces created with the help of STEIM in the Netherlands.
This instrument building and custom software project could not have been possible without help and inspiration from metal artist Brian Frisbee, carpenter Kirk Laktas, Plum Piano technicians, composer Arnold Dreyblatt, mathematician Joel Griffith, STEIM foundation in the Netherlands, and friends/colleagues Holland Hopson, & Alex Keller.